Will decide on FDI support in Parl: Akhilesh

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 17, 2012 14:02 hrs

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the Samajwadi Party (SP)'s decision on giving political support to the Congress-led United Progessive Alliance (UPA) government over the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail will be taken in the Parliament.

He criticised the UPA and said it is not a ´popular government´.

"Power is with the states as the government at center is not a popular government. There is another party from our state who is supporting the government at Center," Yadav said while speaking at the HT Leadership Summit here.

"I can't make the decision on supporting the government on FDI at this platform. I will take that decision in Lok Sabha," he said.

Yadav said he has been elected for five years and it will not be fair to judge SP-led government´s performance in Uttar Pradesh ´in six months´.

"I have been elected for five years. It is unfair to judge me in six months," Yadav said.

Yadav made the comments on supporting UPA government ahead of the Winter Session of the Parliament that will begin on Nov 22.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week hosted a dinner for SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

The dinner meeting was considered to be a crucial move taken by the PM to reach out to the SP.

Led by the BJP, the Opposition is expected to renew its attack on the UPA coalition government at the Centre over recent economic reforms, including the decision to relax FDI rules in India's retail sector.

Adding pressure on the UPA government, its former key alliance partner Trinamool Congress (TMC) likely to move a no-confidence motion against it.

The relationship between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee´s TMC and the UPA touched its lowest point when it withdrew support to the latter over its recent economic reforms, including FDI in multi-brand retail, hike in diesel price and cap on subsidy in LPG cylinders.

TMC with 19 MPs was UPA´s second biggest constituent and the biggest ally of the Congress party which spearheads the government.

Pertinently, the UPA has bailed itself out with the support of the SP.

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