NEW DELHI Dec 11 The Indian government is open
to an inquiry into Wal-Mart's lobbying practices, a minister
said on Tuesday, after reports the company spent $25 million in
the United States to help gain access to markets including
Asia's third largest economy.
"The government views this with as much concern as all
sections of the house and has no hesitation in having an
inquiry," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told
parliament as the opposition shouted for a probe.
Opposition uproar at a government policy to allow foreign
supermarkets to operate in India for the first time has
repeatedly caused parliament to be adjourned in recent weeks and
derailed efforts to pass economic reforms.