Logjam over, FDI vote in both Houses
The government is expected to sail through the floor test in the Lok Sabha, but the scene in the Rajya Sabha is still unclear as the UPA is not in a majority there. The Samajwadi Party, which had earlier agreed to back the government in the Lok Sabha, has vowed to vote against the move in the Rajya Sabha.
Notwithstanding the tussle over voting, the opposition did not appear to be mobilising its numbers to try and defeat the government on the issue in either House.
The BJP is hit by dissensions, particularly in Karnataka. It is not certain how many MPs from the state will stick with the party leadership and how many would side with B S Yeddyurappa, who has said that he would quit the BJP and form his own outfit.
Most Gujarat MPs are busy with assembly elections in their state and it is not certain how many will make it to the capital when voting takes place.
Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath seemed to be aware of the roadblocks which awaited him when he had conveyed to the leaders of the opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley Wednesday that he was ready for a discussion under rule 184 - which entails voting - in the lower house.
He was reluctant to facilitate a similar exercise in the Rajya Sabha - under
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