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Cong gets reform steam

New Delhi, Dec. 10: The Congress has interpreted last week’s FDI vote in the two Houses as parliamentary endorsement of its reforms agenda, a claim the Opposition is certain to contest.

The government, however, says the victory has provided greater legitimacy to the executive decision to open up the retail sector.

“A confident government can now go for the pending reforms,” said party spokesperson P.C. Chacko, citing the insurance and banking sectors and warning the Opposition against attempts to disrupt Parliament.

“The Congress congratulates the Prime Minister for the bold decisions and expects the Opposition to co-operate with the government now. Any attempt to throttle the reforms process by the Left and the Right will boomerang on them,” Chacko said.

“There are some forces who work to create instability and stall the processes of reforms. The obstructionist attitude must be given up now. Although the Left has always opposed economic reforms, the BJP’s politics of opportunism is worrying.”

The BJP and the Left will contest the government claim, having already cited how most parties were opposed to the FDI decision and argued that the vote only reflected the Congress’s manipulative skills.

Rahul role

Chacko reaffirmed that Rahul Gandhi would lead the party campaign in the next election but clarified that this did not mean he would be the candidate for Prime Minister in 2014.

“We will decide at the appropriate time,” he said.

He said Sonia Gandhi continued to be the supreme leader of the party.

The Congress leadership has been indicating that Rahul has already begun functioning as the party No. 2 and would lead the campaign in 2014.