Letters: Parliamentarians' probity?

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 03:57 hrs

pThis refers to the report &ldquoRetail FDI victory fuels govt reforms push&rdquo December 8 Beyond the questions of merits and demerits of foreign direct investment FDI in multi-brand retail and who won or lost the recent debate in Parliament has raised a larger question of the probity of parliamentarians Parliament is the highest forum of expression of the people&rsquos will through their elected representatives who have the obligation of carrying the will of the majority In this case though the will of the majority was against retail FDI it was not carried because of opportunistic parties such as Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party BSP Although these parties had earlier participated in Bharat bandhs against the issue during the voting in the House they either abstained or voted in favour of the government&rsquos order allowing retail FDI to be cleared They did so under their usual cover of &ldquokeeping the communal forces meaning BJP out of power&rdquo though the government was not going to fall if defeated on the issue Thus these parties not only betrayed their constitutional obligation but also their constituencyppMoreover BSP chief Mayawati&rsquos U-turn in the Rajya Sabha is nothing new for our politicians One must not forget that as Uttar Pradesh chief minister she didn&rsquot allow Reliance&rsquos multi-brand retail trade in the state In fact political vandalism had forced the company to close its retail centrespp alignrightstrongM C Joshistrong LucknowppLetters can be mailed faxed or e-mailed tobr The Editor Business Standardbr Nehru House 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg br New Delhi 110 002 br Fax 011 23720201 · E-mail a hrefmailtolettersbsmailinlettersbsmailina br emAll letters must have a postal address and telephone numberemp

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