Opposition graceless in defeat: Anand Sharma
Union commerce minister Anand Sharma has said that the Opposition is graceless in defeat.
Sharma made the comment while speaking to a TV news channel after the government's win in the foreign direct investment (FDI) vote at Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Responding to a question on the Opposition's claims about the government's determination to push FDI through not being about the law of management, but fund management, he said, "They are insulting the premises of Parliament and it's a serious breach of privilege. They are graceless in defeat as they were in the debate."
Speaking to another channel, Sharma accused the BJP of dragging the economy down.
If each issue is brought to vote, the country will never move forward, he said.
Helped by Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Congress on Friday comfortably won the vote in favour of FDI in multi-brand retail in Rajya Sabha, passing a crucial test in the upper house that now paves the way for implementation of the big bang economic decision by the Manmohon Singh government.
Since the motion was that the House disapproves FDI in multi-brand retail, a total of 123 Noes as against 102 Ayes among the members who were present clinched the decision in favour of the government.
A Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP even arrived on ambulance to vote, reports said. Two MPs who were unwell could not come to vote.
All nominated MPs except cricketer Sachin Tendulkar were present in the House, since the Prime Minster had urged them to come and vote.
Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with 15 MPs in the upper house had decided to support the government a day ago and said she would not go with communal forces like BJP and the good point in the FDI decision is that it is not compulsory for all states.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) lawmakers predictably walked out of the Rajya Sabha during the FDI voting, making it easy for UPA to win.
On Wednesday the UPA had won the vote on allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail in Lok Sabha, defeating the Opposition motion against it.
The ruling coalition had got 253 votes in their favour, well over the 236-vote requirement after a walkout by Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party had lowered the halfway mark.