Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday extended the support of his party to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Lok Sabha in his inimitable style while launching a scathing attack on the Opposition for opposing the proposal.
Arguing for FDI in the House, the former Bihar chief minister targeted senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Sushma Swaraj in the House questioning their opposition to the issue of FDI.
He pointed that the BJP itself wanted FDI in 2002, saying, "There is no compulsion on FDI, everyone is free to choose what to buy and from where to buy...there is no compulsion on the states to embrace FDI."
The RJD chief questioned the knowledge of senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi about the farmers in the country. He said, "Do you know how paddy is cultivated?" Lalu also targeted Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, saying, "While she is opposing FDI in retail, she is fond of Nescafe."
The former Bihar chief minister went on to attack Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi over the issue, pointing that the BJP leader was inviting companies from Japan to invest in his state.
Praising the government for bringing in FDI, the RJD chief said, "Today the entire country can see how determined the Prime Minister is to bring in economic reforms."