FDI: Offence Against Paramountcy of India’s Parliament

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

It is more heinous than all the crimes against the country so far perpetrated by the Congress Party. And the perpetrators of this crime is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who with his cronies in the cabinet has been acting against the people of India in the style of serving the people.

The notification promulgating induction of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Multi-Brand Retail Trading is the instant crime that will push the country back into the environment of British rule in India and will severely injure the country’s independence by making it dependant on foreigners.

All the patriots of India are openly against this crime.

And this crime is so very severe that, henceforth, till the criminals are removed from power, there shall be no rest for the patriots.

Like in the phase of nuke deal with USA, Singh will try to survive in power by using the method he had then used, which is a tested method of the Congress party since the days of his model P. V. Narasingh Rao, whose survival as Prime Minister despite loss of credibility and absence of majority in the House, was based on support availed from a section of non-Congress MPs.

Support to satyrs in red-light districts is of course not surprising. But democracy is not a red-light district.Therefore, history has seen how Rao, then the armour of the saboteurs of India’s national resolve for socialism, having been used in subjugating the country to USA hegemony through the gateway of GATT, was thrashed into the dustbin of politics, even though thereby Vajpayee of BJP was to gain. It would be wrong for Singh not to take note of this noting of history.

Damager of Parliamentary dignity

After creating an environment that killed the last session of the Parliament, Singh not only made his cabinet resolve for induction of FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trading with a further sinister design to divert public attention from the monstrously embarrassing coalgate, but also has enforced the resolution through notification thereof in total disregard to paramountcy of the Parliament where a parliamentary action had put the issue of FDI to rest under Parliamentary jurisdiction.

Let us look into it.

In responding to a calling attention motion from Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) and Nishikant Dubey (BJP), the then FINANCE Minister Pranab Mukherjee had informed the Loksabha on 25 March 2011 that FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trading was objected to by majority respondents to the public discussion raised thereon by the Ministry of Commerce, as a result of which, the inter-Ministerial Committee headed by the Senior Economic Advisor to the Department of Consumer Affairs, was unable to make any recommendation.

Those who had interacted with the Committee belonged mostly to the category of farmers, small traders, villagers and Self-Help Groups. They had opposed FDI in multi-brand retail; the Minister had told the House, quoting the Committee.

The Minister had further told the House that it was a problem on which the States should be taken into confidence and had assured the House not to impose any decision before a consensus was arrived at. As leader of the Loksabha, he had repeated this assurance again on 7 December 2011.

Thus a specific assurance was repeatedly given to the Loksabha on 25 March 2011 and 7 December 2011 that FDI would rest, till the States accept the proposal and the proposal earns consensus support.

By virtue of this assurance, the issue of FDI was put under the jurisdiction the Parliament.

The Parliament, specifically the Loksabha, had to know and examine if the States were taken to confidence by Singh administration in the matter of FDI and if consensus support was available to it.

Then only the issue could have been cleared by the Parliament.

It has not happened.

Hence by promulgating induction of FDI in multi-brand retail trading, Singh and his cronies have shown savage contempt against the paramountcy of Parliament and have committed the worst ever crime against the country.

The 20th September Bandh Hartal has made it clear that except the agents of foreign interest and their mindless mad allies, the entire patriotic population in India is against FDI in multi-brand retail trading.

Crime against the Martyrs

Indians are a nation that had given thousands of heads to the martyrdom to free the country from foreigners. Manmohan Singh and his cronies, who do not belong to the gamut of freedom fighters, are nullifying the martyrs’ supreme sacrifices by throwing the country back into the grip of foreign traders. They are shattering the dreams of our freedom fighters. Such crimes against the martyrs and the freedom fighters will never be tolerated by Indian patriots. So, whosoever has patriotism has started to oppose the Singh design.

The imperial Sun will be kept set

When imperialism was epitomized by the British, they had the pride in bragging that the Sun never sets in their Empire. But it is the Indians that had forced the British Sun to set all over the world wherever indigenous people were under its imperial occupation. They will not allow the sun of imperialism rise on their soil again. Revolt of the Trinmul Congress against the UPA and resignation of all the TMC Ministers from Singh’s cabinet is just a beginning in this regard.

To us it is welknown that the traitors in power never stay in power for ever. They act against the people in the style of serving the people, till the people wake up against their treachery and throw them out of power.

The people are waking up. The 20th September Bharat Bandh has blown the trumpet.

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