How FDI Bill linked to one on quota in promotions
For starters, the SP leader would get a big room in Parliament. But more importantly, it would lend some stature to the party’s overall profile. At least that is what the Congress hopes as it looks to broker a way out of the imbroglio over the Bill on SC/ST reservations in promotions in the Rajya Sabha. Believe it or not, resolving this issue in the Upper House holds key to ending the stalemate over FDI in retail in the Lok Sabha.
The SP is learnt to have conveyed to the Congress that it cannot count on its vote or it abstaining in case of a debate under Rule 184 on FDI in the LS if the Bill on reservations is passed in the RS. The BSP is on the other side of the divide, except that it has neither conveyed a threat nor given a firm assurance of support. Chances are that if a debate were to happen on the Bill, the BSP will side on FDI in retail with the Congress.