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Is truce between AAP and Congress over FDI in retail in Delhi collapsing?

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Congress agreed to AAP's 18-point-agenda containing FDI issue before coalescing
  • Is truce between AAP and Congress over FDI in retail in Delhi collapsing?
    Is truce between AAP and Congress over FDI in retail in Delhi collapsing?
    Congress agreed to AAP's 18-point-agenda containing FDI issue before coalescing

    New Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Monday reacted bitterly to the letter written to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) by the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier this month seeking withdrawal of support for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.
    Absolutely annoyed at the Delhi’s AAP government reversal on the FDI, Sharma went ahead warning the state government, ‘States have the option to join. But it is not a revolving door. Policy has to have stability for investor confidence’.
    What needs to be understood here is the stance of the two parties that have formed the coalition government in the national capital post hung parliament in assembly elections in December. While from the centre Sharma shouts and hoots that his government is not in the mood to entertain Anarchic Kejriwal, the state government does not withdraw its support despite disagreement.
    It is interesting to watch Congress quarrel, yet the alliance does not fall apart
    Delhi agreed along with 12 other states back in September 2012 allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. Then, the state government was ruled by Sheila Dixit chaired Congress Government. Yes, AAP was aware of the situation before coming to power.
    However, was not Congress aware of the 18-point-agenda of AAP before forming alliance with Kejriwal’s government? Yes, before Congress agreed for the ‘outside support’ that Anand Sharma keeps reminding the newly elected Delhi CM of, Congress was fully aware of AAP’s stance on FDI.
    In the first place, if Congress was so adamant on FDI in retail in Delhi, it should not have formed the coalition government in Delhi with AAP. However, after one month, Congress is sulking over AAP’s attitude and blames Kejriwal’s government as if Congress never saw it coming.
    Thus, is the situation – Congress formed alliance with AAP after agreeing to the 18-points contended by AAP, which included the party’s position on multi-brand retail. After one month, however, Congress is taken by surprise that how could AAP withdraw from FDI by writing to DIPP.
    Is the reaction coming from Congress now is just to clear the party’s public image after having agreed on the issue forehand? Who is to be blamed and who deceived who and who lied and who is honest shall be decided by the voters wisely in the upcoming elections.
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    Business Desk
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