The BJP national president Rajnath Singh today reiterated that the party would reverse the UPA government's decision to allow FDI in retail if voted to power in the general elections in 2014.
Addressing a farmers' rally here, Rajnath who shared dais with immediate past president Nitin Gadkari, said that the party would "roll back the decision to allow FDI in retail which was harming the interest of lakhs of businessmen and traders in the country, if voted to power in 2014".
Rajnath had also talked about rolling back the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail if the party was voted to power immediately after the UPA government made the announcement to the effect in September last year.
Rajnath also said today that if his party was voted to power, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme would be linked with agriculture, laboratories would be set up in every district to help farmers test soil, seeds and fertilisers and a regulatory authority would control quality and prices of seeds and fertilisers.
He also criticised the UPA government for not implementing the crop income insurance scheme mooted by BJP when Rajnath himself was agriculture minister at the Centre.
Referring the farmers' suicides in Vidarbha, Rajnath blamed the state government for not completing irrigation projects in the region and said the farmers should get adequate prices for their produce.
Showering praises on his predecessor, Rajnath Singh, who was believed to be here to meet top RSS functionaries, said that he would have stopped Nitin Gadkari from resigning if the latter was in Delhi on the day.
"Unfortunately, Gadkari was in Mumbai when he decided to quit the national presidency and I came to know about it in Delhi," he said.
Taking strong exception to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks linking BJP and RSS with terror activities, he said the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi were surprisingly silent on the issue and alleged that Congress was indulging in vote bank politics.
Earlier speaking to reporters, Rajnath said the Congress-led UPA government was 'dilly-dallying' over formation of Telganaga state.
"The government should come out with a concrete proposal as to when it would carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh and how", he observed.
On the Karnataka issue, he asserted that there was no crisis and the BJP-led government would complete its term.
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