FDI rollback violates legal process: Cong to AAP govt

We will analyse the details and investigate the legality of the letter written to the Commerce Ministry, said Arvinder.

New Delhi | Published:January 15, 2014 2:45 am
We will analyse the details and investigate the legality of the letter written to the Commerce Ministry, said Arvinder. We will analyse the details and investigate the legality of the letter written to the Commerce Ministry, said Arvinder.

The Delhi Congress on Tuesday said it would be writing to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, opposing its “arbitrary” decision to disallow FDI in multi-brand retail. The Congress also said it would call for a discussion on the matter in the Delhi Assembly.

Leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Haroon Yusuf said the decision was in complete violation of legal procedures. “If the government has to take a certain decision, there are procedures that need to be followed. The decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail was taken by the Cabinet and discussed in the Assembly,” he said.

The AAP government in Delhi had written to the Centre on Monday, withdrawing the approval given by the previous Congress government for FDI in multi-brand retail, while stating that an entry of global chains — such as Walmart and Tesco — would result in large-scale loss of employment.

The BJP, which won 32 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections but couldn’t form the government, had also threatened to block the entry of foreign supermarkets.

The AAP had opposed FDI in retail during their election campaign and argued that if it enters the retail sector, then small-scale Indian businessmen will be left with nothing.

Further, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had reiterated that the Walmart experience in the US had showed that farmers didn’t benefit from the move and were deprived of their livelihoods.

Yusuf countered AAP’s rationale and claimed that FDI in multi-brand retail would, in fact, benefit farmers. “The move would cut down the middle-men and effectively create more opportunities for poor farmers. This is why the (previous) Delhi government had implemented it,” he said.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said the decision didn’t have any legal backing.
Asked if the Congress would withdraw support, he said, “It’s not a question of withdrawing support. But we will analyse the details and investigate the legality of the letter, which has been written to the Commerce Ministry.”

The Congress also said the letter sent to it by the AAP, before the formation of government, hadn’t mentioned the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail.

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  1. B
    Jan 15, 2014 at 3:49 am
    FDI or no FDI is secondary but tainted minister is suppose to be in cabinet or not is most important! Do something about Somnath Bharati!
  2. H
    Hari Sud
    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm
    AAP is paying back to its vote bank. AAP vote bank is not intrested in rooting out corruption but stupid things to create a vote bank e.g. Free water, free electricity etc.
  3. V
    Vinu Koratty
    Jan 15, 2014 at 6:10 am
    AAP is doing this for big coporates like Reliance & Birla as they now have their own Reliance Fresh & More. Competetion is bad for big coporates, so they killed it using the corrupot AAPis..
  4. J
    Jan 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm
    Now AAP is in a soup!! AAP should not take hasty decisions!!! Think before you take any decision..The w India is looking at your progress.
  5. R
    Jan 16, 2014 at 2:53 am
    Hey Useless Congress leader just withdraw support. Do acts no talks.
  6. M
    Jan 15, 2014 at 12:36 am
    Congress used the middlemen to become the richest party and middlemen are also drawn to politics. Some are from journalisms (like darda in maharashtra) some are from agriculture, like wise from many trades. Now it will not use middlemen to become rich, it shifted its income to administrative officers. So now it needs huge money from multinationals (fat cats) at the cost of new middlemen. To fight congress, the onion traders have heavily funded NCP (pawar). Corruption is full bodied and well balanced in India. Progress is a lost word. But still should be happy (at the cost of discomfort) that we are not like Europeans who colonized America, Australia, New Zealand and half of the Africa just because they had a huge potion (more than India/ China) and no resources to support a century ago. We are also lucky that we do not have a scavenging atude to clear the native of a certain land to claim its resources. We do it in a very human way, we have sent NRIs to help the world, help India and claim the resources in a peaceful way. The corrupts of our country are most unfortunate creatures. And the reserved corrupts are worst.
  7. S
    sanjay nathgaon
    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:21 am
    Again congress is getting into trap..AK knows how to trap congress
  8. S
    Subramanian Venkatraman
    Jan 15, 2014 at 5:54 am
    A couple of weeks back media were ablaze with comments that Agricultural Marketing Committees were responsible for high prices of agricultural products and at the same time poverty of our farmers. But the debate seems to have fizzled out. Is it because all the political parties derive huge funds from these Committees and have their vested interest in them? It is a fact that the fees levied by these Committees both from farmers and brokers run into hundreds of crores. Why no political party is coming out with any program to reform this hotbed of very very lucrative corruption?
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