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`Samajwadi Party will oppose FDI in 3 sectors’

Thursday 22 July 2004

By Our Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI, JULY 21: The Samajwadi Party will oppose foreign direct investment in the insurance, civil aviation and telecom sectors tooth and nail, the general secretary of the party, Amar Singh, said.

Mr. Amar Singh, accompanied by Akhilesh Kumar Yadav, party MP and son of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, and another party MP and film actress, Jayapradha, arrived by a special flight from Delhi and later left for Kumbakonam by road to console the school fire victims and the relatives of the dead children.

Speaking to presspersons at the Tiruchi airport, Mr. Singh, said that an increase in FDI in these sectors would prove detrimental to the country’s interest. The SP would remain firm even if the Left parties compromised on the issue. However, his party would not oppose FDI in infrastructure, roads, augmenting power generation, etc.

No confrontationist attitude

Mr. Amar Singh refuted the allegation that his party was adopting a ``confrontationist’’ attitude towards the Centre. Even after suffering ``humiliation’’ at the hands of the Congress, it had supported the Manmohan Singh Government.

Only the Congress was acting in an ``arrogant manner,’’ he said referring to the appointment of the Uttar Pradesh Governor without consulting the Samajwadi Party Government headed by Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav.

On the issue of ``tainted’’ Ministers, Mr. Singh said that the United Front Government had dropped Ministers at the insistence of the Left and the SP.

``I don’t see any reason why the policy should be changed. However I don’t want to be held responsible for rocking the secular boat.’’

When his attention was drawn to the opposition expressed by the BJP to the announcement of Central aid for the Kumbakonam fire victims made by the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Singh said that it was a ``minor aberration.’’

Constitutional propriety should be maintained by all.

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