Maya set to bail out govt in RS, to vote for FDI
The support of the BSP’s 15 MPs swings the numbers decisively in favour of the government on the motion moved by the AIADMK seeking withdrawal of the decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail.
“If this motion is not defeated then the opposition will get a chance to play politics... and the government would be wary of bringing in several other important legislations in the Rajya Sabha, most notably the one on reservations for SC/STs in promotions or the one on food security. Therefore, the BSP has decided to vote with the government to defeat this motion,” Mayawati said.
A similar motion was defeated Wednesday in the Lok Sabha, where the BSP, which is supporting the government from outside, walked out. But such a strategy could not have worked in the Rajya Sabha where the government does not enjoy a majority. Either the BSP, or the Samajwadi Party, which also bailed the UPA out in the Lok Sabha, needed to vote with the UPA to defeat the opposition.
Until Wednesday, there was suspense about what the SP and the BSP, both of which oppose FDI in multi-brand retail, would do in the Rajya Sabha.
Instead of the FDI decision, Mayawati directed her anger at the BJP,