New Delhi: Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee rejected Prime Minister’s call for support on the issue of FDI in retail, saying the government must secure farmers right first and afterwards think about the policy.
“We are not going to support the government on this issue. There are some sensitive issues on which I have to take a stand. As a party also we have taken a call on not to support FDI in retail,” she said.
But, reacting to Mamata Banerjee’s statement on FDI, Parliamentary Affairs minister Pawan Bansal said that “We have always reassured on farmers. Mamata is not a hindrance and we are optimistic we can win her over.”
The Trinamool Congress, which is the single-largest UPA supporter with 19 MPs, has been determinedly opposing the Government’s decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail.
While the Prime Minister is doing his best to cut the ice, other members of the two parties pampered in war of words on Friday.
After Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said FDI is a must for growth and that narrow political interests were coming in the way of FDI in retail, TMC leader and Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi hit back at Pranab Mukherjee.
In the meantime, the deadlock over FDI in retail has held Parliament to ransom for 9 days now. The DMK and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are still conflicting to the FDI decision and want a discussion in Parliament.
While supporter DMK has shown signs of coming around, it is Mamata, booming on support of small time shopkeepers in West Bengal, who is playing hardball.