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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Congress reacts to Modi’s take on UPA’s WTO stand

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 10, 2014
First Published: 23:21 IST(10/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:24 IST(10/8/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s questioning Congress’s commitment to provide food security to the underprivileged has evoked strong reactions from the opposition party. At the BJP conclave on Saturday, Modi hit out at the Congress, saying those who sought votes in the name of food security act signed an agreement at the WTO which compromised the interests of the poor.

Modi also said that his government “chose” to take a tough stand in the recent WTO talks, rather than trying to look good in the international media.

“The statement of Modi, his claim of standing up for food security in the interest of farmers by taking up a stand in opposition to the one taken by the UPA government is misleading,” Congress leader and former commerce minister Anand Sharma said.

Describing as ‘astonishing, factually incorrect and false’ Modi’s remark that the previous government had disregarded the interest of farmers and the right to food security at Bali, Sharma said the PM’s words contradicted the statement made by the minister of state for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman on August 5 and 6 in Parliament.

“Which of the two is true?” Sharma asked, adding, “Whether what Modi is saying correct or the MoS is saying is correct. Congress will raise the issue on Monday.”


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