Reiterating its demand for a debate under Rule 184 in the Lok Sabha on the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday lashed out at DMK for changing its stand on the issue.
The BJP also alleged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was guilty of 'meaningful use' of state agencies to garner support from the ally parties, which were agitating against the government move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail sector.
Addressing media after the adjournment of both the houses following ruckus on the fourth day over the issue, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said: "The Prime Minster has said that the government has managed the number in the house after the UPA's Coordination Committee meeting held today. We want to ask them that if they have to manage the number by meaningful use of state agencies, they should have agreed with our demands on very first day, why he took four days for that."
"DMK was agitating against FDI, but it has been managed on the issue of 2G, and now saying that to keep the BJP away, it will support the government. The four days of the winter session has been rubbished due to the government," said Hussain.
"We are not worried about the tactics of the government that how it has managed the DMK, but still want a debate under Rule 184 to expose the parties, which were against the FDI on roads and have changed their position in Parliament," he added.
Earlier today, the DMK has decided to support the Congress-led UPA government in Parliament on FDI if there is a debate followed by voting, adding that no opportunity should be given for a government of the BJP or any other government which has the BJP's backing.
Party chief M. Karunanidhi said: "communal parties like the BJP would take advantage of the situations if the government collapsed.
BJP expressed hope that at least Trinamool Congress (TMC) will certainly vote against the government if the government agrees to hold a discussion under Rule 184 on Thursday. (FDI)