Reforms not dictated by US, says PM
Counters Modi’s charge, says he is not bitter about Mamata’s attack
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday rejected the Opposition’s charge that the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail was taken to please the United States (US), saying the country cannot be dictated by others.
“What has the US got to do with this? We are not a country to be dictated by others,” Singh said on the sidelines of Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir’s swearing in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi had on Friday targeted Singh on the issue. His party, on Saturday, reminded the prime minister how he had opposed FDI in multi-brand retail till 2004 and sought to know why he had made a U-turn.
We will do what’s good for the country… Reforms are not a one-off process MANMOHAN SINGH, PM
Singh made it clear the UPA government would continue with economic reforms and dismissed talk of early elections.
“We will do what’s good for the country… Reforms are not a one-off process,” he said.
He allayed the apprehensions of UPA allies that the hike in diesel prices and cap on subsidised LPG could hurt electoral prospects, saying: “We are far away from elections.”
Singh even said he was “not bitter” about Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s attacks on him.
He welcomed the Supreme Court’s opinion on the reference sought by the President on how natural resources should be allocated. “We will honour and respect the judgment. We welcome it,” Singh said.