Slamming the cabinet approval for 51 % FDI in multi-brand retail, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti on Friday said she would herself torch the Walmart outlet if it was opened anywhere in the country.
“If Walmart opens its outlet in any shopping mall or any part, I will set it afire with my own hands... I am ready to go to jail for this,” Bharti told reporters.
“By allowing 51 % FDI in multi-brand retail, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government have prepared the grounds for making poor villagers, Dalits jobless," she added.
Bharti said she would burn the effigy of Walmart at a market place in Lucknow Friday.
“Even as the central government is still to come up with a policy over the land acquisition of farmers, by cabinet approval the government is now set to get even the jobs of poor people acquired by retail giants,” added Bharti.