Lucknow: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to withdraw outside support to the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre if they are supporting the nationwide shutdown called by opposition parties to protest against the Central Government's recently announced reforms.
"I want to say about the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that if they oppose this (FDI in retail) with full sincerity, then they should withdraw outside support from the Central Government," said Singh.
"If there is a resistance, it should be meaningful and not just for namesake. Till when will the leaders of this country mislead the public?" he asked.
The Congress-led UPA Government appears to be in trouble as of now following West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's declaration that the Trinamool Congress would be pulling out of the Centre.
Trinamool Congress, the second biggest constituent of the UPA with 19 MPs, dealt a major blow to the Manmohan Singh Government when it decided to withdraw its support on the issue of petroleum price hike, FDI in retail and corruption.
The TMC's decision brings the UPA's effective strength in the 545-seat Lok Sabha from 273 to 254, which is slightly below the halfway mark.
The ruling Congress Party is likely to rope in either the Samajwadi Party or Bahujan Samaj Party, both of which extend outside legislative support to the UPA regime.
Singh further said the nationwide shutdown called by the opposition-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is a success in totality.
"I marched on to the streets of Lucknow yesterday and even today we will take to the streets along with all the party activists. I believe that India will clench into economic slavery through FDI in retail," said Singh.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party, other opposition parties, and in particular the NDA will never permit FDI in retail to take place in India. If companies like Walmart come into the Indian markets, then the small traders will be deeply affected," he added.
The BJP leader later took to the streets here along with the BJP activists, who raised slogans against the ruling UPA Government and demanded withdrawal of decisions that would affect the traders and members of the farming community.
An opposition- led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) shutdown organised to protest against reforms, including introducing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, brought the nation to a partial standstill on Thursday.
Protests were reported against the UPA-II Government reforms from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, New Delhi and Kolkata this morning.