PM should first convince his own party: Sushma
Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for attacking the Opposition.
New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday hit back at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for attacking the Opposition for the disruption in Parliament proceedings on the issue of FDI in retail sector and asked him to "first convince" UPA allies on it.
"PCC chief (Ramesh Chennithala) of Kerala has gone public saying they have sent him a letter opposing this decision. Trinamool Congress and DMK leaders spoke against this decision in the all-party meeting today", BJP leader Sushma Swaraj posted a tweet.
She said UPA-supporting parties SP and BSP were also in complete opposition. "His Cabinet, his party, his alliance partners, his supporting parties, nobody is with this decision. He should first convince them before commenting on the Opposition," the Leader of the Opposition said on the micro-blogging site.
Swaraj's comments came soon after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address to the national convention of Youth Congress attacked Opposition, saying disruption of proceedings amounted to doing "injustice" with those who elected MPs and lowered the image of the country.
Virtually rejecting demands from within UPA and outside for rollback of FDI in retail, Singh justified the decision as a well-considered move even as Parliament was paralysed for the third day on the issue with Opposition, joined by UPA constituents Trinamool Congress and DMK, being unrelenting on the demand for its reversal.
Voices of opposition have emerged from within Congress also. While Chennithala wrote to the Prime Minister opposing the move, party MP from UP Sanjay Singh said the decision should be withdrawn as it would render lakhs and crores of small shopkeepers and vendors unemployed.