BSP to support UPA on FDI vote in Rajya Sabha
December 6, 2012 - New Delhi
All the eyes on the voting on FDI in Rajya Sabha were now on Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party since the UPA doesn't have enough numbers to get the vote in their favor on FDI in multi-brand retail in the upper house of the Parliament.
Bahujan Samaj Party who staged a walk out of the Lok Sabha yesterday which indirectly helped the UPA win the vote has today announced that it would vote in favor of the government in the Rajya Sabha. With the support of the 15 BSP MPs in the Rajya Sabha, the numbers are now in favor of the government. Of the total 232 votes, the government has 124 votes in their favor against 108 of the opposition who are opposing the FDI in multi-brand retail. 117 is the number of votes that the government needs to win the vote in the Rajya Sabha.
The opposition has alleged that the government has used the CBI to win the vote in Lok Sabha yesterday. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury spoke in the debate on FDI in Rajya Sabha today. Jaitley outright rejected the FDI in multi-brand retail, while Yechury urged the government to reconsider its decision. Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party participated in the debate and also urged the government to reconsider its decision.