Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has claimed that Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Chief Minister were agreed for the FDI in retail in the parliamentary panel. Sharma claim that it is on record. However, both BJP leaders have denied such development. Himachal Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal denied Sharma’s Claim and said that he is against the FDI as it will affect small shopkeepers and hit employment opportunities. Dhumal allege that the UPA government is not taking consensus; they are forcing it on states.
BJP vice-president and former Chief Minister of Himachal Shanta Kumar also came in its leaders favor and said that these allegations are false,
Yesterday, an attempt was made to spread the wrong impression that Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh gave their support to FDI in multi-brand retail. I have talked to the Chief Ministers of both the States and they said this is not true
FDI issue has almost stalled the parliament, Congress is trying hard to pacify the opponent, and saying that FDI in retail will open new opportunity for the youth and it will be beneficial to the farmers and common people. Union Minister and Five times Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that
There is a lot of misconception about the Central Government’s decision to approve 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. This decision will surely prove beneficial to the country in the long run. I don’t think so that we need to worry about it