Ramayana's Angad - like Mamata Banerjee saved day on retail FDI
JD-U today stepped up its offensive against the Government on FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel hike and coal controversy and questioned the "delay" on the part of Congress President Sonia Gandhi in taking action against ministers and MPs in coalgate.
However, the JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav heaped lavish praise on UPA constituent Mamata Banerjee for her "tough stand" against FDI in multi-brand retail.
"She does not change her stand. Had she not put her foot down like the mighty Angad (a character in Ramayana known for his strength), FDI in mutli-brand retail would have been cleared then itself," Yadav said.
Noting that she proved herself by stalling FDI earlier, the JD-U chief asked the Left also to come forward and spell out how far they will go with the rest of the Opposition in their coordinated agitation against the government.
"I am confident that they will not go with the Government but they should announce it. Nobody other than Manmohan Singh has backed imperialism more," Yadav said in a bid to bring the arch-rivals in West Bengal politics together on the issue.
He also praised both the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, who are supporting the UPA government from outside. "SP is standing on its own strenght," he said describing Mulayam Singh Yadav as a "hardworking person".
Yadav said he is waiting for BSP supremo Mayawati to spell out her stand on September 19 and noted that "what she does impacts the whole nation".
JD-U is hopeful that a greater Opposition unity will be witnessed during the September 20 agitation against FDI and diesel hike on line of two Bharat Banhds earlier.
Yadav said he will also meet Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy on oil issue and has already sought an appointment with President Pranab Mukherjee on FDI.
The JD-U chief also questioned why the Congress President is "dilly-dallying in acting against party MPS and Ministers", whose role in coal allocations has come under the scanner.
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