Chennai: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader P Muralidhar Rao on Saturday said the 2014 Lok Sabha polls would be fought between the "Walmart front" and the nationalist or Swadeshi front with the UPA government going ahead with the FDI in retail sector. "The UPA and DMK, they stand for Walmart. I can call it a 'Walmart front."
In 2014, there will be elections. It will be between the Walmart front and the nationalist front or Swadeshi front," Rao told reporters in Chennai. He said NDA stood for nationalist or Swadeshi front. "UPA's philosophy is Walmartism. There is no Gandhism," he said.
Ridiculing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for invoking the name of Mahatma Gandhi during Gujarat elections, Rao said, "Gandhi stood for khadi, charka, village industries, swadeshi, propagated Indian ethos and values and promoted
Indian products." The BJP leader said the DMK would have to face a real challenge in the coming days in Tamil Nadu on the FDI issue. He said that over 65 per cent of people from the OBC and 15-20 per cent of people from SC were into the retailing business.
Replying to a question on the exit of BS Yeddyurappa from the BJP in Karnataka, he said, "It is not a welcome thing. But, BJP is an ideological party and this party has been there for so many decades."
"People in Karnataka will realise...The people who go out of the party will not definitely have a bright future. This has been the experience everywhere and Karnataka is no exception," he said. On the Cauvery water row, he said the Prime Minister should address the concerns of both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.