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BJP prepares for FDI battle

The Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] national executive and national council meeting commencing on Wednesday in Surajkund on the outskirts of Delhi is all set to articulate its counter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's attempt to end policy paralysis. The economic resolution at the council this time could well take precedence over the political resolution, given that the Congress had decided to aggressively take its FDI agenda to people through rallies.

'Our stand on the issue is clear and we are going to stick to it. Our 2004 manifesto had pushed for 26 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, unlike the 51 per cent cap allowed by the Manmohan Singh government. Therefore, the Congress propaganda is untrue, and we will oppose the 51 per cent FDI decision,' said a senior party leader. A consultation between core group members was held at the residence of the party president Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday evening to draw the road map for the executive and the council meetings.

The meetings will also try to give a message that it was united in its opposition to government decisions, like raising the price of diesel. The party has been recently embarrassed with the senior leader Arun Shourie backing the prime minister's decision to raise the price of diesel. Another senior leader, B C Khanduri, a former chief minister of Uttarakhand, has been critical of the demand for resignation of the prime minister on the issue of scam in the allocation of coal blocks. 
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