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The Sena is afraid of MNS despite being in power” Mimicking Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Raj said his insistence on raising ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan is “misplaced” “Nobody is going to remove you” he said referring to Fadnavis’ remarks that he is ready to quit as CM but won’t stop saying the slogan “He is like a class monitor” Raj said The MNS chief also read out the message by a farmer written before he committed suicide The farmer said the government was neglecting farmers and youth of Marathwada” Raj said adding “What is the difference between you and the Congress government” Raj flayed those seeking statehood for Vidarbha and Marathwada and cited names of former Chief Ministers and ministers from these regions saying these leaders failed to develop their areas “I won’t allow Maharashtra to be split at any cost” he said “Why is RSS bent on dividing Maharashtra If they want they can split Gujarat” he said Raj targeted RSS ideologue M G Vaidya for his remarks seeking division of Maharashtra into four states The party chief alleged that there was a “conspiracy” to take Gujarat ahead of Maharashtra on development front “The cleanliness campaign now being implemented in the country should have been named after Gadge Baba but that was not done as the social reformer was from Maharashtra” he said The MNS chief cited Railways recruitment exam papers in Marathi and closing of toll nakas as some of the achievements of his party that was set up in 2006 Referring to court restrictions on holding rally at Shivaji Park Raj said “Where should one hold the rallies then The noise level of traffic outside is 100 decibels” Written by Shekhar Gupta | Published: September 25 2012 12:51 am Related News With the governments decision on FDI in multi-brand retail setting off a political stormUnion Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma speaks to The Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta on NDTV 24×7s Walk the Talk about why the country needs to go ahead with the policy My guest this week is somebody who has been one of the most silent ministers in this governmentbut not so silent latelyAnand Sharma So you are the one who has created this crisis and you are smiling We have not created a crisis We have taken a decision which we should have taken last year but it was trapped in partisan politics But this country needs investmentsthis country needs creation of integrated infrastructuresomething which will benefit the rural economyparticularly farmersand reduce the burden on the consumersandin the processgenerate millions of jobs India is a country where 55-60 per cent of the people are still dependent on agriculture for their sustenance But things are going to change because agriculture cannot go beyond 4 per centand thats a historical experience Jobs have to be created In factthere are very few phases in modern history where agriculture has grown at 4 per cent for 10 years anywhere Truebut what is important is that you will have tens of millions of young Indians joining the workforce That has to take priority attentionparticularly in policy formulation We are the second largest producer of food grains in the world but we lose 15 per cent post harvest In milkwe are the largest (producers) by far In Maharashtra nowthey are throwing away milk and milk powder which cant be exported because you guys in some frenzy banned milk exports We have corrected it It (the ban) was when there was a shortage But these funny things keep happening in India Its cyclical Sometimes if the monsoons are weak and the fodder is not therethe milk production goes down You have to answer the challenges of these cyclical changes Take fruits and vegetables We produce about 230 million tonnes and our post-harvest losses are 35 to 40 per cent Thats unacceptably high Nowshould we allow this situation to continuethat what the farmer produces never reaches the marketno shop-shelfno kitchen Or should that be processed and stored in cold storage Thats where modern technologies come inin sortinggradingwarehouses and the entire refrigeration chain So if anybody is saying that farmers should not be able to sell at their doorstep and what can be savedin the form of juicespickles and jamsbut which rots and consumers end up paying four to five times the amount… If you go by the World Bank reportthe price realisation for the Indian farmer is one of the lowest in the world12 to 14 per cent I am persuaded and so is our paper but how come you have not been able to convince such a large section of the political class There are two reasons One is the blinkered ideology of the Left They do not look at whats happening even in our neighbourhoodelsewhere in the world They are still opposing a policy which has a distinct India signaturean India imprint We have factored in our diversityour socio-economic complexities AccordinglyIndias policy is different from that of other countries China allowed multi-brand FDI without any conditions SimilarlyThailandIndonesia and you go right up to South Americawhere they created a retail revolution But we have put in conditions which will address the real challenges when it comes to the agrarian economy and also ensure that the interests of those gainfully employed in the retail trade are protected But thats the Left The issue is of the BJP Does it have an ideology to oppose it The answer is no I would like to know whom they represent when they oppose it When they were in governmentthey were working on it and it cannot be denied that they had the draft Cabinet note ready Now it is with us and I have been saying that if they allow Parliament to functionI am going to table it in Parliament So you have a draft Cabinet note produced by the NDA government Yespermitting 100 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail The draft note is very interesting It also argues that earlier when organised retail cameit was said that the small retail will collapse but that has not happened Theninterestinglythere are the examples of Haldirams and Bikanervalathat when McDonalds or Pizza Hut cameeverybody said they would be destroyedbut they have grown Its all there in the note Because of the change of seatfrom being the ruling coalition to the Oppositionthere has been a change of philosophy It is an opportunistic and partisan agenda The argument is that it was before the financial crisis of 2008which has shown up the limitations or the perils of global capital I dont think India has suffered from that They should do their homework because even during the downturnIndia remained an attractive destination for foreign investors If you say that this has happened in the worlddo you erect barriers around yourself and insulate India We live in an interconnected world Have you gone to the Oppositionto the BJPparticularly your predecessor Arun Jaitley I have met them and written to every chief minister We also had reservations from some of our alliesparticularly the Trinamool Congresss Mamata Banerjee I did go to Kolkata to meet her I met her here more than once She had a viewwhich we accommodatedthat this is a decision that is best left to the States We have a situation in our country where we have 28 states plus Union Territories You have 9-10 statessome big agrarian onessome states which are landlocked and which have enormous strengths in horticulture They are asking for itthey are demanding it The policy was thereit was paused only because of the shrill discourse in the Opposition last year and they stalled Parliamentwhich has become a pastime for the BJP When it happeneda decision was taken at the all-party meeting that the implementation shall be suspended till the government has another round of consultationswhich we did Nobody can say that we didnt reach out We have recognised the rights of all the states States that do not want itits their decision It is the prerogative of Mamata Banerjees Trinamoolor for that matter Nitish Kumarand others who do not want it People will see merit in it It happened with VAT It started with a couple of states and look where we are In factit started with Haryana Mr Chautala started it and his tax collections went up Exactly And others saw the benefit That will happen with this also The Constitution gives equal rights to all States of the Union Those that do not want it can make the decisionbut can they decide for other states Can the states who want it be deprived When you had this conversation with Arun JaitleyI presume this draft Cabinet note was prepared under his watchwhat response did you get from him He said we have a party position Interestinglyexcept for one of their chief ministersof Madhya Pradeshand one of their alliesthe CM of Biharnone of them replied to my letters There was one communication which I received from the CM of Orissabut he is not part of the NDA Did these two CMs who wrote to you strongly oppose it There is not much merit or force of logic They are opposing it because it is partisan politics They say when we are in the governmentwe will do it; when we are not in the governmentwe will oppose it What did Naveen Patnaik say Last yearwhen reports came out that Orissa supported (the policy)he said that we were not He wrote to the PMhe wrote to me We respect that What did Mr Badal tell you Senior Badal said we are part of the NDA He sees the benefit to the farmers because the Bharat Krishak Samaj and farmers unions in Punjab and Haryana all support this Farmers see how exploitative their present agrarian economy is You are fellow lawyersso tell me what did Arun Jaitley say He said we are discussing it and that the BJP as a party is not in favour of this at this stage But they were not clear as to what they wanted the government to do Tell us about your conversation with Mamata It was very cordial It has to bewe were together in the Youth Congress She is still a youth leader She is full of energy and very gutsy She said that in Bengalshe is finding it difficult and does not want to implement it I saidwe respect that and we will ensure that we make it clear that the implementation is left to the states I did explain to her that under the Shops and Establishments Actthe licence to open a shop is given by the local authority; the Government of India does not give it Even the trade licence is given by the local authority Describe to me in a couple of sentences the nub of her opposition She said it is in her manifesto and she thinks that small retail or unorganised retail may get affected Is it in her manifesto I have read the Trinamools assembly election manifesto It is not there I dont know if it is in their parliamentary election manifesto I explained to her that look at our situation as a Central government We have to respect every state Can we deny the states who want it What did she say I did not get a direct answer but she said she cannot do it But there is one thing I remember mentioning Bengal has the Spencers storeTesco stores Organised retail came to India more than 10 years ago and that happened during the BJP-NDA government Now these retailers have 1200 storessome have 600 stores How many of those stores are there in the states that have opposed FDI Close to 40 per centin some cases close to 50 per cent and more Have they affected the small retailers Small retailers have also grown When you are talking about cash-and-carrythe wholesale pointsthe BJP-NDA government had allowed it in the back-end But back-end was not attractive until the investors see that there is a possibility of the front end opening up So this will affect states that are not implementing it For examplestates like Bihar If it is a large agricultural state and two of its neighbours implement itthen what happens They will lose out and they are worried They say that we dont want to do it but if you do it in neighbouring statesthen they will benefit and we will be affected Has anybody said this in writing to you YesNitish My letter to him said that please consider this aspect that we are leaving the decision to the states But thenhe says noI dont even agree to that I will not implement it but if my neighbouring state doesand there are benefitsthat will adversely impact my state So I will not do it and you will not do it and I will not allow the one who wants to do it Its like a dog in the manger You said earlier that when Parliament convenesyou will place on record the draft Cabinet note prepared by the NDA I will The country must know What does the note say It actually opens up FDI in multi-brand retail 100 per cent without any conditions 100 per centnot 51 per cent And not these reallypardon my saying soalmost idiotic conditions that you have put in Our editorial view is if you put so many stringsthis also becomes a source of rent-seeking and the inspector raj If you are referring to the 30 per cent local sourcingit was very important because there were concerns So what was the NDA saying that was ahead of your policy They saw merit in FDI and technology coming in this sector And they should be honest to themselves They should say wellwe have changed our philosophy because we are no more in the government I change my mind as facts change Now the fact is that I am with the Oppositionnot with the government But we have been in the Opposition too Our generation has seen many changes in India and globally Tell us about yourselfhow you came to politics People thought you were a backroom functionary of the high command Ive been a political activist An activist in Africa But how did you come to the mainstream to reemerge as a reformer I started like many of my generationfrom the students movement I was born in Shimla and studied there There was a lot of activism in the early 70s From thereI moved to the Indian Youth Congress Then I moved to Delhi as general secretary of the Youth Congress and then as national president That was when Rajiv Gandhi took over as president of the Congress and I was the first person to be selected as president of the Youth Congress So in todays political systemthere is nobody who knows Mamata Banerjee as well as you do because youve worked shoulder to shoulder What drives her and will she change her mind I am sure when Mamata will see that something is benefiting the farmers and the young peoplethat some policy which is generating employment…The other dayshe said? 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