New Delhi, Jan 10: The Congress party on Wednesday accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of adopting “double-speak” on allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in single-brand retail and criticised it for relaxing the 30 per cent outsourcing clause.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest News: Anguished Over Maharashtra Govt’s Decision, Passenger Associations Plan to Approach PM Modi For Travel Approval
Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala alleged that by doing away with the requirement of 30 per cent sourcing through ‘Make in India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have exposed their duplicity and doublespeak on the issue. Also Read - Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai’s Cabinet to Have 26 New Ministers; Oath-taking Likely At 5 PM Today
“As the BJP government allows 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail by doing away the requirement of 30 per cent sourcing through ‘Make in India’, the PM and FM’s duplicity and doublespeak stand exposed,” Surjewala said in a tweet. Also Read - Assam-Mizoram Border Row: PM Narendra Modi to Meet Assam MPs over Border Dispute
The Congress leader also shared statements of several BJP leaders on the issue of FDI when the UPA was in power. “Dupe, lie & vilify when out of power. Do the opposite on gaining power,” he tweeted alleging U-turn by BJP leaders on the issue.
At the party briefing, Congress spokesperson RPN Singh said when the BJP was in the opposition, they opposed the UPA government’s decision. Now when they are in power, they have even dispensed with the 30 per cent sourcing clause while allowing FDI in the retail sector.
“During the UPA, we had kept safeguards and made provisions for sourcing within India. Today the prime minister has done away with 30 per cent clause we had kept. Is this ‘Make in India’?” he asked. This follows a Cabinet decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in single-brand retail under automatic route, while also easing local sourcing norms.