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No change in BJP's stand on FDI in retail: Arun Jaitley

Sunday, 2 March 2014 - 6:53pm IST | Agency: PTI

Against the backdrop of speculation about Narendra Modi's comments suggesting a rethink on the FDI policy, BJP today said their opposition to FDI in retail will not change.

 "As far as FDI in retail is concerned, the BJP has genuine concerns against this and I don't think, it is quite likely, that policy is going to be changed," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told Karan Thapar on his Devil's Advocate programme on CNN-IBN. "As far as present is concerned, I think it is quite unlikely that the BJP will change," he said noting that for the present, that door is closed as no policy is a policy for the next 100 years.

Addressing a traders conference here on Thursday, Modi had asked the trading community not to run away from global challenges but adapt itself to modern practices like tying up with bigger stores and online trading, without referring to FDI in retail.

Jaitley admitted that the BJP was consciously trying to woo the Muslim community ahead of elections and said the party "will go full length" to implement its three underlined convictions of security, equality and economic progress towards them. "There is nothing wrong in it. It's a good sign for India. It's a good sign for BJP. It's a good sign for the minority community members.... We are...Everybody has evolved... It's an appeal being made," he said admitting that the BJP was making an effort to reach out to the community.

He said as far as Muslims were concerned, BJP is not a party that will go on the track of vote bank politics and have religion-based reservation for Muslims.

On Pakistan, Jaitley said talks and terror cannot co-exist and BJP's desire to talk will not outweigh the other surrounding circumstances." 

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