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I'll set Walmart store afire: Uma

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BJP leader Uma Bharti burns the effigy of Walmart in Lucknow on Friday protesting against FDI in retail sector.
BJP leader Uma Bharti burns the effigy of Walmart in Lucknow on Friday protesting against FDI in retail sector.

BJP leader Uma Bharti has threatened to set on fire a Walmart store wherever it opens in India to register her party's protest against the government allowing Foreign Direct Investment in retail.

“By giving permission to Walmart to directly invest in the retail sector, the Centre has jeopardised the employment opportunities of Dalits, poor and backward people,” she told journalists here on Friday.

“I would personally set afire the showroom when it opens anywhere in the country and I am ready to be arrested,” Ms. Bharti said, adding she had apprised BJP president Nitin Gadkari of her plan.

Reacting to her remarks, CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said in New Delhi: “This is crazy talk ... this is not the way ... Having been a member of Parliament, can she speak like this?”

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"Why this kolaveri"?

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Nov 27, 2011 at 10:18 IST

Everytime a foreign business comes to India and invests in our country, it siphons off large amounts in profits. For instance if Wall mart invests one million dollars in India, within a few years if it earns 6 million dollars, it will send the 6 million in profits to the U.S. This transfer of funds makes INDIA our country POORER ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC SCALE BY 6 million dollars. On and on as more money gets siphoned off to Western countries our rupee goes further and further away from being accepted as a global currency in world markets. This is called neo-colonialism This is exactly why the poor in India will continue to get poorer and the rich who join hands with the likes of Wallmart in the 50/50 investment procedure will get richer. Today in the U.S.young people have OCCUPIED WALLMART in protests for having destroyed small businesses and for having concentrated the wealth in 1%. Instead co-operatives where communities can sell their produce will relieve inflation more effectively.

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 23:07 IST

The reason India is in the state its in, is largely due to the state of
our brilliant politicians.

This remark is proof of that.

from:  Chennai boy
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 18:40 IST

It is a crazy thing to allow giants like the wall mart and the like in the name of FDI in retail industry. The local business will easily be killed by pricing their commodities less than their actual cost price for sometime thereby they can in the long run kill the indian retail industries. They have enormous wealth and will resort unfair trade practices with the connivance of the present govvernment who have no love for the poor or the middle class and are only serving the interests of the multinationals. Gandhiji's ideal of local business whether it is wholesale or retail is givven a go buy. It is not enough to have gandhi behind their names but to have Gandhi in their hearts.The congress Godse have killed the spirit of Gandhi

from:  Ramachandran Athiballi Sydney
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 14:18 IST

The Political community as a whole and BJP in particular has to be ashamed by this remark. This is pure instigating violence in the minds of the people...nothing else. Just yesterday the whole of the Parliament got together in condemning the attack on Mr.Pawar., they even demanded strong action against him so that no one else would have the courage to repeat such actions. Well said Parliamentarians!! Now how are you going to deal this ex. MP who is clearly trying to spread violence, and her remarks are more dangerous since she belongs to a major national political Party which has millions of followers. The other remark she made, shows the pathetic state of our politicians frame of mind... trying to communalise everything., Where is the question of Dalits and Backwards here? Pure case of Anti-social behaviour.

from:  Jaya Prakash
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 10:04 IST

Uma Bharati's comments are typical of Indian politicians' failure to understand their role as legislators. They have been empowered by the people to influence or change government policy via legislation, not via hooliganism. As long as their constituents ignore her remarks or put up with them, such blatant threat to private property and public safety by our elected officials will continue. Whether, entry of Walmart into India is good or not, is to be decided by debate and consensus. But such direct call for violence is simply shameful, and shows the "maturity" of our "democracy" and our "free" society.

from:  Leo Caddy
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 09:54 IST

Is this real i canot believe as any private enterprise will create new jobs and if the consumer benifits from low prices what is wrong with it.Shame on politicians who cannot create jobs buy quick to condemn those who create.I shop at walmart and other stores in usa no body should be afriad of press should speak out aginst these selfcentered politicians who raise false bogey and prevent competetion and creation of newjobs.

from:  kausik
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 09:47 IST

A very bold statement, even the communists dare to say. Let her warning deter the callous govt.

from:  Marx P Selvaraj
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 09:04 IST

This is the woman power we are well known proved by history and epics. Kannagi did that for burning Madurai.In Ramayana when Ravana ill-treated Sita in Ashok vanam,she claimed that she would be able to burn the place with a word from her mouth.But she controlled it because it would be an insult to Rama's Bow( Thuyavan villukku masu).In modern politics many women leaders even holding important power to control do come out quite often with such threats to unleash their firing powers.This is about their destructive powers.Valluvar had said that women have the inherent good power which would make the rain god to pour rains when she just orders.(Pei enna .peiyyum Mazhai).unfortunately men do not even advise the women not to misuse their powers.

from:  seshachalam gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 08:31 IST

I am surprised that many political parties are opposing the entry of multi-brand retail. The ultimate beneficiary is the consumer who will get quality goods at the right price with the right weight. On the other hand, many traders cheat the consumers in weight, quality and price. Further they don't pay the correct taxes to the government as the transanctions are carried out without any invoices. One reason for the political parties to oppose the entry could be that one of their sources for funding will be gone. The entry of multi-brand retail is a winning solution for the farmers, consumers , government and for greater employment opportunity.

from:  rmn
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 at 08:24 IST
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