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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday accused the United Progressive Alliance government of failing to engage with opposition parties, state governments and other stake holders before heading for the final phase of negotiations on a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union.

“Irrespective of ideological considerations, the conditions which, according to reports, the UPA government is willing to concede to EU will seriously jeopardize the interests of the Indian people with no obvious gains in trade or economic expansion," BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who arrived in Germany on Thursday for the second round of India-Germany inter-governmental consultation, is expected to hold discussions with German chancellor Angela Merkal on the FTA.

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