FDI in multi-brand retail a diversion from Coalgate: Advani

Calling the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail as a diversionary tactic of the UPA government from scams like 2G and Coalgate, senior BJP leader LK Advani today said the Centre's attempt to shift focus from corruption to reforms will not save it from the alleged irregularities it committed.

Questioning the timing of the big ticket economic announcements, he said in his blog, "On a day when the Supreme Court has put six pertinent questions to government about this coal scandal, government should have decided to announce FDI in multi-brand retail may be regarded by some as a desperate bid to shift the focus of debate from corruption to 'reforms'."

Senior BJP leader LK Advani. PTI

On Friday, the Supreme Court gave the Centre eight weeks time to explain what went wrong in the coal allocation process resulting in the alleged violation of norms. The Supreme Court was acting on a petition filed by MN Sharma, on behalf of Centre for Public Interest Litigation, that demanded reallocation of coal blocks.

The BJP leader said that the government's effort if it were so would not succeed.

"If (the) government really thinks so, it is gravely mistaken," Advani wrote in his blog.

"The judiciary, the CAG and the Opposition in Parliament, together with the media, have ensured that the corruption issue continues to dominate the people's mind until the next Lok Sabha elections," the veteran leader said in a clear battle cry to the UPA in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Advani also slammed the FDI in multi-brand retail as a 'harakiri'.

"The FDI in retail issue may actually prove for UPA nothing other than harakiri," he said.

The BJP leader said that India's oldest political party learnt no lessons from the defeat it suffered at the 1977 general election after the Emergency.

"I sincerely hope that just as the 1977 election results have guaranteed that no government hereafter will think lightly of abusing the Emergency Article 352 again, the outcome of the forthcoming Assembly as well as Lok Sabha polls will make politicians realise the heavy cost they have to pay if their hands are seen by the electorate as sullied by corruption," Advani warned the UPA in his blog.

Updated Date: Sep 15, 2012 14:14 PM

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