Modi's WTO remark misleading, says Cong

Modi's WTO remark misleading, says Cong

The Congress on Sunday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had compromised with the interest of farmers at the Bali Ministerial of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), saying the party will raise the issue in Parliament on Monday.

“Modi’s statement at the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) national executive on India’s position in WTO and the claim of BJP government alone having protected India’s poor farmers and the right to food security is partisan, misleading and factually incorrect,” former Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said.

He described the Prime Minister’s remarks on the issue as “astonishing, irresponsible and false propaganda, objecting to the charge that the UPA government had surrendered India’s right and farmers’ interest at the Bali Ministerial of the WTO last year.

Sharma, who is the deputy leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha, said the statement made by Modi at the BJP national executive on Saturday has become a question of privilege of the parliamentarians to know what the truth was, when both Houses of Parliament are in Session.

The Prime Minister’s statement contradicted the statement made by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman on August 5 and August 6 on the issue in Parliament.