Won’t oppose unnecessarily FDI insurance bill in Rajya Sabha: Mayawati

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New Delhi | November 24, 2014 8:14 PM

Striking a note different from rest of the opposition, BSP today hinted that it may not oppose the bill...

Striking a note different from rest of the opposition, BSP today hinted that it may not oppose the bill to hike FDI cap in insurance sector in Rajya Sabha “unnecessarily”.

BSP supremo Mayawati said if the Select Committee examining the legislation accepts BSP’s suggestions then it will not “unnecessarily” create hurdles in the Rajya Sabha.

She also hit back at JD (U) leader K C Tyagi’s reported remarks that BSP was on board to oppose the bill.

“The Bill on insurance in FDI is with the Select Committee (of Rajya Sabha) which is yet to give its report. When it takes a decision, the issue will come up in the Rajya Sabha and we will take a call on the issue at that moment,” she told reporters outside Parliament.

She said her party will give its suggestions on the Insurance Bill to the Select Committee. “And if they agree to our suggestions, then why should we unnecessarily oppose it,” she said.

Responding to a question on Tyagi’s remarks that BSP would oppose the bill, Mayawati said the JD (U) leader can speak on behalf of his party and not the BSP.

Tyagi had earlier in the day said that efforts are on to put up a united opposition in the Upper House on certain key issues and talks are on among various parties including the Left in this regard.

In the last session, a united opposition had forced the government to send the bill to the Select Committee. The government is keen to pass the bill in this session.

After an all-party meeting here yesterday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said the Insurance Bill is in an “advance stage of finalisation” by the select committee.

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