Piyush tweeted that Sonia Gandhi has suddenly woken up to the RCEP and FTA.
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has responded to Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s comments on the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RECP) and Free Trade Agreements (FTA). He said that it was in the UPA government that India joined the negotiations for this agreement. Piyush tweeted that Sonia Gandhi has suddenly woken up to the RCEP and FTA. Where was she when the FTA was signed with ASEAN in 2010? Where was she when the FTA was signed with South Korea in 2010? When the FTA was signed with Malaysia in 2011, when the FTA was signed with Japan in 2011, where was it? Where was Sonia Gandhi when her government opened 74 percent of its market to ASEAN countries, but rich countries like Indonesia opened only 50 percent of the market to India? Why did she not speak against giving huge discounts to rich countries? I hope that former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will speak out against this insult to him. Sonia, referring to the proposed RCEP agreement with 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific, said that what had not hurt the economy less than several government decisions is that it is now set to do major damage through the RCEP. This will have serious repercussions on our farmers, shopkeepers, small and medium units.