Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday continued the suspense over her stand on FDI in retail saying though it will affect small retailers and farmers adversely, it can be tried in Congress-ruled states first. She said she was against the idea of FDI as of now, but did not want to be seen supporting communal forces.
"Government is saying FDI will help in controlling inflation, our party does not agree with it," Mayawati said. She also said that FDI will lead to unemployment. "Middle income people, retailers, farmers will be badly hit by FDI. It will also lead to unemployment," she said.
However, Mayawati said that the only good thing was that the decision of FDI wasn't forced upon states. "The only plus point with FDI is that it will not be forcefully imposed on the states," she said. She added that she will clear her decision at the time of voting on FDI in Parliament.
Sources say that Mayawati is looking for a cmmitment from the government on the SC/ST quota bill first.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam SIngh Yadav also kept the government guessing on his stand on FDI voting. "I am opposed to FDI. I will clear my stand in the Lok Sabha," Mulayam said.
Around 50 percent of over 3.6 million voters cast their ballots Wednesday in the bypolls for two Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka, an official said.
Political leaders cut across party lines on Friday to condemn the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP N Harikrishna has resigned from the Rajya Sabha to protest against the formation of Telangana.
An all-out factional war has broken out between Harshvardhan and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, with both vying for the Chief Minister's post if the party comes to power.
It is a crucial day for the Congress in Karnataka as by-polls began in Mandya and Bangalore Rural constituencies on Wednesday.
Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said the platform alone cannot help win elections but gives new options of reaching out to public.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee but only worried about saving its chair.