New Delhi, 6th December. If foreign companies are allowed to start their retail trade in India then the economic and social system of India will completely collapse. Here the farmers, youth, women and traders of unorganized sector will be rendered unemployed. 121 crore people of India will become only consumers. The shops will be of foreign companies and goods also from foreign origin and the Indian people will become only consumers and salesmen. Entire profit will be taken out of the country by these foreign companies. The policy of these companies is that first of all capture the market by selling goods at cheap rates in the countries where they start retail trade.
These views were expressed by the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Shri Arun Jaitley who was speaking as main speaker before the 3000 senior workers of BJP Delhi Pradesh in the monthly meeting. Pradesh President Shri Vijender Gupta presided over the function. He told that Delhi is the largest trading center in India. The Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit first of all welcomed FDI in retail trade. It shows that the Chief Minister of Delhi wants to ruin about 10 lakhs traders and industrialists of Delhi. Pradesh Office Bearers, Members of the Working Committee, Office Bearers of Morchas and Cells, District Presidents, Mandal Presidents, former Office Bearers, Legislators, Councilors and senior workers participated in the meeting. The agitated workers were raising slogans against the anti people decision of Government “Jo Sarkar FDI Laye, Vo Sarkar Bahar Jaye.” “Khudra Vyapar me Videshi Nivesh, Band Karo, Band Karo.”
Shri Jaitley told that the Multi National Companies were eying retail trade in India since decades. When the NDA was in power under the leadership of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, these companies had pressurized the Government for giving permission to start retail trade in India. At that time the Congress was in opposition. The Congress MPs and leaders were raising slogans at that time inside and outside Parliament that “the decision to allow FDI in retail will be anti national decision of the NDA Government.” Now, that Congress Party and Congress Government during UPA rule has opened the doors for foreign companies without taking the country into confidence. The result will be that here the boys and girls will become only sales girls and sales boys in the name of employment. Indian agriculture, unorganized sector and retail trade will be completely ruined.
He further told that if the objective of Walmart etc. Multi National Companies is the welfare of the country and society then the American Government would have allowed this company to operate in its largest commercial center New York City. It may be mentioned that companies like Walmart have not been allowed to operate retail trade in New York City. Only 18 percent people in the Indian economic system are under organized sector. 30 percent belong to casual labour sector and 51 percent are self employed. This is the largest unorganized sector. Farmers also belong to it to whom no subsidy is paid by the Government. In USA and other European countries, the Governments pay subsidy of 5200 crore rupees everyday to the Farmers so that they may get fair price for their product and sell goods at lower rates.
He told that if the Government encourages foreign investment in infrastructure sector then BJP will welcome. Government has already allowed hundred percent FDI in cold chain storage sector but the Multi National Companies are not interested in the development of infrastructure in India. They are targeting retail trade of 3 lakh crore rupees which will increase to about 8 lakh crore rupees annually in the next 20 years. He told the BJP workers that they should apprise the people of Delhi and country about these facts so that the innocent citizens of the country may know about the destructive decision of the UPA Government about FDI in retail trade and may be able to oppose it in the streets.
Shri Vijender Gupta announced before the workers in the monthly meeting that on the 17th and 18th December BJP will initiate a special signature campaign in entire Delhi against FDI. He told that the UPA Government is in incomplete disarray. The common man does not know that who is running the Government, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi or Manmohan Singh. It is certain that the UPA Government is not being run by Manmohan Singh. The people of Delhi and the country are suffering from corruption, price spiral and anti people decisions. Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit is the most obedient Chief Minister of Congress Party. She welcomed FDI in detail although it may ruin the trade and industry of Delhi. On the conclusion of the meeting, the workers and leaders paid emotional tributes to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the framer of Indian Constitution.
Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly Prof. Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Convener of Unorganized Cell Prahlad Patel (MP), Pradesh Co-Incharge Rameshwar Chaurasiya, Vijay Goel, Aarti Mehra, Organisation General Secretary Vijay Sharma, Ramesh Bidhuri, Pravesh Verma, Ashish Sood, Chairman of MCD Standing Committee Yogendra Chandolia and many office bearers were present on this occasion.