‘Congress either lured the MPs or tried to ‘blackmail’ them’

The Communist Party of India (CPI) opined that the absence of three Telugu Desam MPs from voting on the FDI Bill in the Parliament has hit the credibility of the party.

CPI General Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy accused the three MPs of citing “lame excuses” for their absence from the voting on the crucial bill. “At the same time, the YSR Congress, which is trying to criticise the TDP of colluding with the ruling Congress, owed an explanation on why its MPs did not participate in the voting process,” he said.

Mr. Sudhakar Reddy, who inaugurated the party’s three-day state council meeting here on Tuesday, expressed concern that few political parties that were vocal in opposing the FDI in retail did not show the same commitment at the time of voting. The BSP and the DMK, which opposed the FDI in retail, however, displayed “rank opportunism” by supporting the UPA coalition either directly or indirectly, he said.

Citing allegations that the Congress-led coalition either lured the MPs or tried to ‘blackmail’ them in the name of CBI probes, he described the UPA’s adamant attitude in ensuring the passage of the Bill at the risk of its government as “dangerous trend”. CPI State Secretary K. Narayana doubted Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s sincerity in convening the all-party meeting. “His claim that the meeting is being hosted at the request of some parties is ridiculous,” he said.


  • CPI General Secretary accuses the three MPs of citing “lame excuses” for their absence

  • ‘YSRC too owes an explanation on why its MPs did not participate in the voting process’