Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said he would take a decision on foreign direct investment in retail after discussing it with concerned people. “Several States have opposed the government's move to allow 51 per cent FDI in retail. I will comment on it only after consultations,” he said, while responding to questions by presspersons here on Monday.
Mr. Sadananda Gowda was here to participate in the road show organised as part of the poll campaign on behalf of the party candidate P. Gadilingappa.
Reiterating that the bypoll would liberate the district from the politicians pursuing “goondagiri”, he expressed confidence that his party candidate would emerge victorious. “People of Bellary (Rural) constituency have realised the treachery of B. Sriramulu and are sure to reject him in the byelection.
The Chief Minister felt that film actor and MP Hema Malini's presence in the poll campaigning in Bellary had given a boost to the image of the party and would help win the elections.
Addressing a series of roadside meetings during the road show in Cowl Bazar, Mr. Sadananda Gowda ridiculed the reported statement of Mr. Sriramulu that the BJP would bite the dust. “Mr. Sriramulu himself has fallen, and how can he topple the BJP Government. BJP activists have geared up to prevent the “goondagiri” of Sriramulu, and those pursuing “goondagiri” would land in jail,” he said.
State BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa, Ms. Hema Malini and Vijayanagar MLA B.S. Anand Singh were prominent among other party leaders accompanying the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister not ready to comment on FDI