UPA clinches retail FDI vote as SP, BSP walk out
The motion seeking withdrawal of the executive decision allowing FDI in multi-brand retail, moved by the leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, was defeated by a margin of 35 votes. Of the total 471 votes cast, the UPA managed 253 votes against the 218 of the opposition that included the BJP, Left, BJD and TRS.
A second vote on a FEMA amendment notification moved by Trinamool MP Saugata Roy was also defeated with the government getting 254 votes against 224 by the opposition.
However, the tougher task before the government now is the debate beginning in the Rajya Sabha Thursday. The numbers are not clearly in favour of the UPA in the upper house even if the SP and BSP abstain.
The division in the Lok Sabha was along expected lines, as demonstrated by the tenor of the debate over the last two days in which both sides tore into each other’s arguments for and against FDI in multi-brand retail. Even the positions of the SP and BSP did not come as a surprise, given that there had been enough indications with government managers aggressively wooing them. SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP leader Dara Singh had strongly attacked the FDI
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