BJP: Discuss EU-India free trade pact in Parliament

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached Berlin accompanied by several ministers on a three-day visit,senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2013 12:57 am

As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached Berlin accompanied by several ministers on a three-day visit,senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Wednesday insisted that the government must facilitate a comprehensive debate in Parliament on all free trade agreements,particularly the European Union-India FTA,during the second half of the Budget session.

Seeking an immediate release of the negotiating text and impact assessment studies of FTAs particularly EU-India,Joshi said,“The government should not go ahead on the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement with EU without a political consensus. A conference of all stake-holders be immediately convened.”

The FTA should not be allowed to endanger the Indian retail in general and agriculture and dairy farming in particular,he said,insisting that “all treaties which impinge upon the sovereignty of the country and the fundamental rights of the people including food security and health,and the federal structure of the country should be ratified after the scrutiny of Parliament”.

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