'FDI debate has exposed Congress to hilt': BJP
Despite the UPA Government being in the driver's seat in the Rajya Sabha following assurances from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that the debate on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on multi-brand retail in the upper house has exposed the ruling Congress Party to the hilt.
"It has proved three things that the Congress and the UPA could not muster the magic figure of 272 and this has happened in three consecutive voting motions that Congress could not garner the support of simple majority of 272. Second, some opposition party's stand was exposed as they opposed on streets, but voted in favour or abstained and helped the Congress," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.
"The third big thing is that people could understand that both sides of the argument in favour of FDI and against the FDI, but they have also realised that majority of both houses of Parliament are demanding withdrawal of this policy. And I think this is the real moral story of the whole debate of FDI and that is why we really are happy about the debate," 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 debate on FDI in retail began in the Rajya Sabha yesterday under rule 168, which entails voting.
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 Government will now very easily sail through with the support of the BSP's 15 MPs.