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Voting on FDI in Multi-Brand Retail

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has allowed voting on the Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail after the opposition parties have insisted on voting. After discussion on the issue, the voting on FDI in multi-brand retail was first held in the Lok Sabha.


Voting on FDI in multi-brand retail in Lok Sabha

After a thorough discussion on the issue, the voting on FDI in multi-brand retail was held on December 5, 2012. Both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party who have opposed to FDI in multi-brand retail have staged a walk out of the house. The move helped the ruling UPA government as the strength of the House was brought down to 471, with a halfway-mark at 236 to win the vote.

The UPA won the FDI vote in Lok Sabha after it received 253 votes for FDI in multi-brand retail. 218 votes were polled against the resolution.

As many as 14 out of the 18 political parties in the Lok Sabha have voted or spoke against the FDI reforms.

TMC's motion against FEMA amendment was also defeated on the same day with 254 votes.

The voting will be held in Rajya Sabha on December 6, 2012.


The UPA called the vote a victory of reforms, while the opposition alleged that the Congress used CBI to win the vote.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
"FDI policy has the approval of the House"

Senior Left leader Gurudas Dasgupta
"The UPA has moved criminal method, by deliberately using the CBI and using parties to stage a walkout."

Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi
The CBI has won...we wanted to make a point that they are anti-farmers and we made it. We got maximum support...two parties walked off."

Trinamool Congress leader Vivek Gupta
"They must have arranged something...there was no reason given for the walkouts by the SP and the BSP."

Union Oil Minister Veerappa Moily
"These are baseless allegations that we used the CBI...they are against the institution of Parliament. The TMC and the Left voted with communal forces."

Union Minister Manish Tewari
"This is the victory of reforms...this ensures that the Indian economy is strengthened."

Leader of Opposition in the House, Sushma Swaraj
"After the voting on FDI, it is clear that the UPA government is in a minority."
"If the BSP and the Samajwadi Party were against FDI in retail, they should have voted against the government and not abstained from voting in Lok Sabha,"

Veteran BJP leader and former foreign minister Yashwant Sinha
"This has been proved that the government does not have a majority in the House, our strategy will be the same in the Rajya Sabha...we will try to defeat the government in Rajya Sabha."

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
"It is a shame. The mandate today proves that the UPA-II is a minority government. As against the majority figure of 271, based on the total strength of the House, the support was only 253, despite all attempts made by the selfish people. This Government has lost its credibility. They must take fresh verdict from the people."

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav
"We have boycotted this debate. It was decided by the party. This was the best decision the SP could come up with. FDI is anti-farmer."

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad
"Today the entire country can see how determined the Prime Minister is to bring in economic reforms."

Voting in Rajya Sabha

The voting on FDI in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha was held on December 6, 2012. The UPA Government has managed to win the vote on FDI in Rajya Sabha. Samajwadi Party staged a walk out, while the Bahujan Samaj Party MPs voted in favor of the government.

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