Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India for pleading with the Government on behalf of Chinese companies.

"This is perhaps for the first time that political parties are openly campaigning for the business interests of companies of another country," BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said.

Every country had legitimate diplomatic or security concerns, and these were not always articulated. The Americans, he pointed out, did not want Dubai to have major interests in their port development.

Without getting into the party's position on foreign direct investment (FDI) by Chinese companies in infrastructure projects in India, Mr. Jaitley said it was for the Government to take a view on the security concerns.

"Would India allow Pakistan or Pakistani businessmen to invest in key infrastructure areas like telecommunications," he asked.

CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat and CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan have stated that when the Government opens any sector to FDI, it should not discriminate between one country and another.

They protested against the reported blocking of Chinese firms from investing in telecommunications and modernisation of ports.