'BABALOG' MINISTERS WANT RAHUL TO INTERVENE
NEW DELHI: Four 'Babalog' ministers of state (MoS) held a quiet meeting on the FDI in retail trade Thursday evening around the same time their seniors were engaged in a bitter fight over the proposal in a Cabinet meeting here.
They decided to send an urgent note to Rahul Gandhi to explain the political fallout of the Cabinet's decision to go for 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail trade and how the opposition will use it to hilt to confuse the rural voters in the Uttar Pradesh elections, impacting the Congress prospects.
The four MoS --Jitin Prasada, Jitender Singh, Sachin Pilot and RPN Singh -- are worried that they all come from the rural constituencies and will have to face ire of the farmers to be hit by the decision despite the government's claim that it will help them.
One of them rang up a former union commerce secretary to give a perspective to them on pros and cons of the FDI in retail. The retired bureaucrat is now penning draft of the letter the four junior ministers will be handing over to Rahul early next week.