'Mayawati betraying nation by changing stand on FDI': BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has been exposed before the people of the country by changing her stand on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail and announcing support to the Congress-led UPA Government on the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said that the main opposition party would wait to find out the reasons for Mayawati changing her stand on FDI.
"Two facts emerge out of it; the charge of the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj that the government is using the CBI to rope in these political parties stands proven as it appears, and that these political parties are completely betraying their own people changing their stand in 24 hours. And there has been some backroom politics, which possibly could be an underhand deal," said Rudy.
"We shall wait to see what is this deal and what is the reason that the BSP has completely changed colours to support the government on the FDI issue exposing themselves completely across the country," he added.
Rudy said the opposition did have the majority in the Rajya Sabha to defeat the vote on FDI.
"Mayawati ji has decided to vote in favour of the government in the Rajya Sabha where the numbers were not in favour of the government as far as the opposition is concerned. The opposition did have the majority in the Rajya Sabha. If we have to look at the stated stance of the BSP on the streets in last six months, they have been opposing the FDI on the streets, they have courted arrest, their leadership has talked against it. But once they moved from the streets to the Lok Sabha, they spoke against the motion but they walked out supporting the Congress Party," said Rudy.
"And her party's stand completely shifted in the 24 hours when she came to the Rajya Sabha, where she did speak against the FDI but decided and declared that she is going to support the UPA Government on the FDI issue," he added.
The Rajya Sabha will today vote on an opposition sponsored motion opposing the government's decision to allow FDI in the retail sector.
The UPA had a major relief on the issue of voting on Thursday, when the Bahujan Samaj Party announced that it would vote in favour of the government on the issue, while Samajwadi Party decided to abstain from the voting.
The Rajya Sabha has 244 members. The decision of nine Samajwadi Party MPs to abstain from voting and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's absence brings the strength of the upper house down to 234 and the majority mark to 118.
The UPA will now very easily sail through with the support of the BSP's 15 MPs.
Mayawati lashed out at Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj during the debate on FDI in the Rajya Sabha earlier on Thursday, and alleged that the latter was suffering from the 'sour grapes' syndrome.
Mayawati said the opposition party has very often accused her of being under pressure from CBI.
" This has become fashionable for the opposition. Since the BJP is a responsible party and they have hinted at us being under pressure from the CBI, we need to elucidate how the BJP abused the CBI when it was in power," she added.
Mayawati alleged that the BJP used the CBI to target her in the Taj Corridor scam.
Mayawati further said the BJP used the CBI to put pressure on the BSP to agree to a pre-poll alliance.
"We have never given in to communal forces. We have never been afraid of the CBI nor of the Congress and BJP Governments at the Centre," she said.
Mayawati, who had walked out of the Lok Sabha ahead of voting on the FDI issue on Wednesday, said that the BSP decided to back the government in the Rajya Sabha after taking into consideration the fact that FDI in retail will not be forced upon the states.