Mayawati set to bail out govt in RS, to vote for FDI
The support of 15 BSP MPs swung 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.
A similar motion was defeated in the Lok Sabha yesterday, where the BSP, which supports 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 SP, another party which bailed out the UPA in the Lok Sabha, needed to vote with the UPA to defeat the Opposition.
Till Wednesday, there was suspense about what the SP or BSP, both of which have opposed FDI in multi-brand retail, would do in the Rajya Sabha. But today, there was no ambiguity in the BSPís stand, with Mayawati confidently announcing that her party would vote with the government.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Mayawati today directed her anger at the BJP, especially at Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj, while exhorting SP and BSP to vote against the government yesterday, had remarked that it was a case of choosing between ďFDI vs CBIĒ for these parties, implying that they may be influenced
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