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Mamata out to topple govt, govt slams 'shrill discourse'

Agencies  New Delhi, November 19, 2012
First Published: 14:39 IST(19/11/2012) | Last Updated: 17:26 IST(19/11/2012)

Hitting out at the Opposition for their plans to "drag" decision on FDI to Parliament, the government said the "shrill discourse" and "sensationalism" over the last few years have caused enormous damage to India's image and hoped the enthusiasm of foreign investors would now be bolstered by recent firm moves.

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Commerce minister Anand Sharma made it clear that there will be no going back on allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail as it is a "decision cast in stone" and said the government is ready to face any challenge in Parliament.

He asserted that a government cannot be expected to have "vetting of its policy and endorsement of executive decisions either by ideological opponents, some of whom have blinkers on or those who have partisan agenda."

Talking to journalists en route to Phnom Penh along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sharma said, "It is high time that a realisation dawns upon all concerned that shrill discourse and sensationalisation in recent years has caused enormous damage to India's image, the investment climate and hurt India's economy."

He maintained that "In a constitutional democracy which is rule-based and rule-governed, if there is any issue those get addressed. We do not need opposition discourse for the concerned institutions and authorities who will look into such matters. It does nobody any good."

Asked to comment on a move by former UPA ally Trinamool Congress to bring no-confidence motion on FDI during the winter session of Parliament beginning on November 22, Sharma said, "in a democracy, there can be difference of opinion and it is expected of the opponents of the government to take a position with regard to policy decisions.

"(But) here is a decision which is in executive domain which requires no legislative approval. In the history of Indian parliamentary democracy, an executive decision has never been dragged into Parliament motions."

At the same time, the minister asserted, "the government is confident" of demonstrating its majority in Parliament and "facing any challenge and continuing with its good work."

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Monday said that his political outfit welcomes West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee's plan to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA government in the winter session of Parliament.

Punj, however, said the BJP was keeping all options open in its endeavour to take the Manmohan Singh government to task for coming up with reforms hurting the sentiments of the common man of the country.

"We have all options open. We will coordinate with every political party, which is ready to resist the anti-people policies of this government and we will definitely coordinate with Mamata Banerjee and we welcome her initiative," he said.

Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced that her party would bring a no confidence motion against the UPA Government in the winter session.

"Our party's parliamentary leader in Parliament Sudip Bandyopadhay will move the no-confidence on the first day of the winter session," she told a press conference in Kolkata after a meeting with party MPs.

Stating that instead of moving notices under Rule 184, which entails voting or 193, which does not, Banerjee said "we have decided to bring the no-confidence motion to seek the ouster of the government and formation of a new government through fresh election."

"I request other political parties support our motion," she added.

The winter session will begin on November 22.

The TMC had parted ways with the UPA coalition over differences on the fresh economic reforms introduced by the government in mid-September, including the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

Parliament did not function for the entire monsoon session over the demand of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation and cancellation of licences of coal blocks and an independent probe into the coal scam.


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