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BJP tells cadre to mobilise people against FDI

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Clear stand:Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu at convention on ‘FDI in Retail Market’ in Hyderabad on Thursday. He is flanked by G. Kishan Reddy, party State president, and party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.- PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy
Clear stand:Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu at convention on ‘FDI in Retail Market’ in Hyderabad on Thursday. He is flanked by G. Kishan Reddy, party State president, and party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.- PHOTO: G. Krishnaswamy

The Bharatiya Janata Party has literally sounded the bugle for the mid-term elections to the Lok Sabha when its senior leaders directed their cadre to go to people exposing the ‘anti-poor and anti-national policies’ of UPA government with the focus on ‘FDI into the retail market’.

At a convention organised on the subject here on Thursday, party leaders resolved to expose the serious repercussions of FDI in retail market on the lives of 25 crore people, including 4.5 crore retail traders. “Their very livelihoods are at stake”, they said.

Expose with documentary proof the double standard of Congress which as Opposition party rejected FDI in retail sector claiming it would create unemployment. “What changed now, Congress leaders should explain,” said BJP leaders - MP M. Venkaiah Naidu, Kriti Somaiah, G. Kishan Reddy.

Preparing party cadre to take the fight against UPA into people, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said people were already in a mood to dislodge UPA government fed up with its corruption-ridden and inefficient governance and bring back the BJP-led NDA. The party workers should be ready for snap polls given the indication from the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Trinamool Congress. “People have realised the futility of third or fourth front which are hand in glove with the Congress,” he said. Explaining the party’s stand on reforms, Mr. Venkaiah Naidu said “‘BJP is not against reforms that will increase productivity, generate employment and create assets in the country. It favours FDI in infrastructure but not into retail sector that is against national interest.”

Western countries US, UK and France were bringing pressure on India to allow FDI in retail trade while denying permission to big retail chains in their cities.

“The game plan of big players like Walmart is simple. After creating false hopes initially, destroy and displace small retail traders, establish monopoly and exploit farmers, SMEs and consumers,” he added. Refuting the charge that BJP was protecting traders, Mr. Naidu said traders were also Indians who did business for a living.

“Just like the party supports farmers, students, employees for their just and rational demands, it also wants to protect interest of retail traders from the onslaught of MNCs,” he said.


  • ‘People have realised futility of third or fourth front which are hand in glove with Congress’

  • ‘Cadres should be ready for snap polls, given the indication from SP, BSP, Trinamool Congress’



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