SP, BSP soften stand, BJP firm on voting rule
While the Samajwadi Party, the other key player, held back its support, it may abstain in case of a discussion under Rule 184, which entails voting. Sources said they have been given a tacit assurance that mere listing of the SC/ST Bill in the Upper House did not amount to actually holding a discussion on it.
Its hands strengthened, the government worked towards isolating the BJP at the all-party meeting on Monday as the only party holding up Parliament for a Rule 184 discussion on FDI in retail. Its strategy continues to be centred on allowing a discussion under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, however, said there would not be any compromise on the BJP’s stand on discussion under Rule 184. She said NDA constituents and the TDP, BJD and AIADMK, along with the Left parties, had pressed at the all-party meeting for a discussion under rules that entail voting.
A division was seen in the Opposition camp on Monday with the Trinamool Congress breaking ranks and stating at the meeting that the decision should be left to the Speaker’s discretion. Explaining