Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said FDI in multibrand will be
implemented in the national capital by next financial year and accused BJP of
trying to "halt" India's economic growth by opposing the move.
"The people who are opposing the FDI are not keen to take forward the country
and its people. We will bring FDI to Delhi by next financial year," Dikshit told
a meeting of traders at her residence.
The traders have come to express their gratitude for her decision to implement
FDI in multibrand retail in Delhi.
"By opposing FDI, BJP is favouring largescale wastage of agricultural products
and other consumer items. In our country, large quantity of vegetables and
fruits go waste due to non-availability of cold storage," she said.
"All countries in the world are marching ahead by adopting moderanisation while
the major opposition party here is dead against any modernisation," she said.
The Chief Minister said FDI will benefit traders, farmers and consumers.
"Farmers will get the right price for their produce while consumers will get
quality product at reasonable prices."
She said small traders will not face any adverse impact of FDI in retail as all
kinds of business can exist "side-by-side" without effecting each other.
"India has a huge population. There will be no effect on retailers if FDI comes.
We need all kind of shops and business in our country," she said adding a lot of
things are being said to create a "wrong impression" about the move.
B B Gupta, National Vice President All India Vaish Federation, said "FDI will
benefit traders as well as consumers. We are here to show our support to the
state government's decision to bring FDI in Delhi."