NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party that has for close to three years described Congress president Sonia Gandhi as "super Prime Minister" on Tuesday said the United Progressive Alliance government does not seem to listen to her at all.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar referred to her recent letter to the Prime Minister asking him to tread cautiously on the issue of foreign direct investment in the retail sector. "This is the fourth time that she has written to Dr. Manmohan Singh, and each time her advice has not yielded results," he said.
Mr. Javadekar said that Mrs. Gandhi's letter at this time was a sure sign that the Government has already made up its mind to allow FDI in the retail sector. On previous occasions Ms. Gandhi had, through letters, asked the Prime Minister to curtail inflation, which was not done; she spoke about special economic zones but the government policy did not protect farmers from being thrown out of their land without adequate compensation; and she had asked the government to reduce the prices of petroleum products when international crude was priced at $70 a barrel, but the price was lowered slightly only when international crude prices fell to $50 a barrel.
The spokesperson said that a meeting of BJP general secretaries chaired by party president Rajnath Singh had decided that from March 23, during the mid-way Budget session break in Parliament, MPs and other leaders would carry out a door-to-door campaign against the price spiral and hold district-wise rallies on the issue. Later this month block-level meetings of newly enrolled members of the party would be held.
The meeting reviewed the party's election campaign in Punjab and Uttarakhand. In the next phase of campaigning the party would try to consolidate the groundswell of support it is receiving, Mr. Javadekar said.