Confident of numbers, UPA says it’s ready for vote on FDI in retail
With the 18-member DMK also willing to support the government for fear of the “communal BJP” coming to power if the current regime collapsed, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh categorically said: “Yes, we are confident of numbers.” He earlier had an hour-long meeting with leaders of the UPA, who vowed to stay together. Singh's view was echoed by parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath, who said the government was not concerned over the prospect of a debate with voting and it was for the Speaker to take a call.
While the Samajwadi Party with 22 members in the Lok Sabha, Bahujan Samaj Party with 21 members and Trinamool Congress (19) willing to let the matter be decided by the Speaker, the government is on a strong wicket.
“The UPA is fully united on any decision of the Speaker and the government... All constituents are firmly behind the government,” Nath said. With economic growth in the second quarter predicted to have been just a trifle above 5% and the looming danger of a big fiscal slippage, the government is keen that a few reform Bills are passed by Parliament in the winter session.
Sources said a formal announcement for discussion on FDI in retail is expected to
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