India will no longer be a part of the mega RCEP trade deal, as its concerns around imports, especially from China, were left unaddressed. The External Affairs Ministry has said under the current circumstances it's not proper to join the 16-nation trade deal. The BJP has hailed it as a victory for India, saying the proposed deal would have hurt livelihoods of all Indians. The Congress, however, said its "forceful opposition" ensured the BJP backs out from bartering the interests of farmers and small farmers. Here's what BJP and Congress leaders said on India's exit from the world's biggest trade deal.
RCEP doesn't reflect basic spirit of balanced trade deal: Modi
PM Modi said the present form of the RCEP Agreement did not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles of the RCEP. He also added that India was looking at greater integration through the trade deal and had made efforts in that directions from the very beginning. "India stands for greater regional integration as well as for freer trade and adherence to a rule-based international order. India has been pro-actively, constructively and meaningfully engaged in the RCEP negotiations since inception. India has worked for the cherished objective of striking balance, in the spirit of giving and take," Modi said.
Congratulate PM for bold decision: Piyush Goyal
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal congratulated the PM for "his bold and courageous decision to not join RCEP". He said it was against India's economic interests and national priorities. "India has consistently stood its ground to uphold our demands particularly over-controlling trade deficit, stronger protection against unfair imports and better market opportunities for Indian goods," he added.
It will ensure support to farmers, industries: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said India's decision to not sign RCEP was a result of the PM's "unflinching resolve to ensure national interest in all circumstances". "It shall ensure support to our farmers, MSMEs, dairy & manufacturing sector, pharmaceutical, steel & chemical industries," he said.
Major issues remained unresolved at RCEP: Nirmala Sitharaman
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said significant outstanding issues remained unresolved at the RCEP. "Recall how in 2014 with a sense of urgency, PM took the lead to get the Peace Clause in perpetuity on the #WTO #Bali Agreement of 2013. A clear & decisive call in India's interest, both then& now," she said.
India did not bow down to global pressure: JP Nadda
Congratulating the PM, BJP Working President JP Nadda said India did not bow down to global pressure and gave away its economic interests unlike previous Congress-led governments, which he said opened Indian market through "weak FTAs". "He (Modi) has always kept in mind the interest of stakeholders including farmers, dairy sector, manufacturers & MSMEs," he added.
India's stand on RCEP reflects Modi's nation first vision: Smriti Irani
Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development Smriti Irani said Modi's decision to always put "nation first is reflected today in India's stand on RCEP". "Indian Textile Industry is grateful for your intervention & support," she said.
The victory of millions of farmers, small businesses: Congress
The Congress party said a strong opposition had resulted in the BJP government rolling back its decision on the RCEP deal. "This is the victory of millions of farmers, dairy producers, fishermen and small and medium businesses who would have been disastrously affected with this agreement," the party said.
A win for all those protecting national interests: Surjewala
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said it was a win for all those protecting national interests. "As BJP and Amit Shah indulge in fake credit seeking today, let them remember that Congress' forceful opposition made them back down," he claimed.
Edited by Manoj Sharma