Re­forms not dic­tated by US, says PM

Coun­ters Modi’s charge, says he is not bit­ter about Ma­mata’s at­tack

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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