As SP, BSP walk out, govt wins FDI vote
The motion seeking withdrawal of the executive decision allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, moved by the leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, was defeated by a margin of 35 votes. Of the total 471 votes cast, the UPA managed 253 votes against the 218 of the opposition that included the BJP, Left, BJD and TRS.
A second vote on a FEMA amendment notification moved by Trinamool MP Saugata Roy was also defeated with the government getting 254 votes against 224 by the opposition.
However, the tougher task before the government now is the debate beginning Thursday in the Rajya Sabha, where the numbers are not in favour of the UPA.
There were several takeaways from the Lok Sabha vote and the engaging debate, which saw strong clashes as also the coming together of unlikely partners — CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress against FDI in multi-brand retail and SP and BSP to bail the government out.
First, it was evident that no party was interested in rocking the UPA boat, even if the FDI vote was not technically a referendum on the government, and the victory came as a relief to MPs individually. This, even when the “sense of the house”