Mayawati with govt on retail FDI vote
The government will, however, need support from at least seven of the 10 independent members in the House to scrape through.
In the 244-member Rajya Sabha, the effective strength falls to 234 thanks to the the abstention of the SP, which has nine members, and Sachin Tendulkar, in Kolkata playing the Test match against England, is unlikely to vote. With the 15-member BSP on its side, the tally of the UPA with 95 members would reach 110. To cross the halfway mark, it needs the support of eight more votes from independents. Indeed, a close call.
If the government loses the vote in the Rajya Sabha, it would find it difficult to implement the decision to allow foreign direct investment in retail. Although government functionaries argue the Upper House's consent is not a must for endorsing the change in Foreign Exchange Management Act regulations notified by the Reserve Bank of India, that doesn't seem to be the case. The question of whether amendments of rules/regulations under Fema need the approval of Parliament would finally
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