BJP slams government misuse of CBI against key allies

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 14:30 hrs

The Bharatiya Janata Party has blamed the continuance of external support to its coalition government from regional outfits such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to the misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the government.

Earlier in the day, the national convention of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) authorised its founder-chief and lawmaker Mayawati to take the final decision on extending outside support to the government of Congress party-led coalition.

Speaking to reporters here, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that smaller political players like Mayawati will always think twice before withdrawing support from the government.

"Today, even Mayawati's party and many small parties like hers are under pressure from the federal government. They misuse the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against these parties by garnering support when they want and refuse it when they do not want. Still if the alliance partners of this government are speaking openly against it then should we have any doubt in calling this government a minority government? Now, suddenly they have woken up from their eight year slumber and announced a slew of economic reforms," said Sitharaman.

Speaking on the same score, another spokesperson of the BJP, Prakash Javadekar said in New Delhi that all parties should stand up against the Congress's recent slew of reforms.

"But I am sure that sooner or the later all parties to rally around the people's demands, that as far as the FDI is concerned, as far as the diesel price and the limiting the LPG number is concerned people are saying rollback or go back. I am sure that all parties will have to say this and we will have to be with the people. We will see a more and more influencing role of the CBI being used and misused and abused by the Congress so we are seeing different stands taken by various parties at different times," Javadekar said.

Post the announcement by the government to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector, the ruling UPA (United Progressive Alliance) had been hit by waves of criticism.

As a result of fallout with coalition partners, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) walked out of the government.

This crisis also hit the UPA government's ties with other supporters such as the BSP and SP (Samajwadi Party), which have also gone vocal about their resentment over the issue.

The government while declaring the FDI in retail sector said that state governments would have the liberty to decide whether to allow foreign supermarket chains to enter.

The Congress party-led government hopes this will take the sting out of opposition from regional parties who say the policy will destroy jobs.

The first set of reforms announced in September have boosted the rupee, which partly recovered from a sharp drop in value this year, but India's central bank says more action is needed to save the budget and reduce inflation.

The supermarket policy based on FDI was first announced last year but a political backlash forced the government to put the measure on hold. (ANI)

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