SP, BSP bailout UPA in Lok Sabha on FDI issue


New Delhi, Dec 5: The Congress-led UPA Government heaved a sigh of relief of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, giving it outside support, bailed it out during voting in Lok Sabha on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand.
The motion opposing the decision was moved by the BJP and the CPM.
Out of the 543 Lok Sabha members, 471 voted.Samajwadi Party's 21 MPs and Bahujan Samaj Party's 22 MPs abstained from the voting process.  The voting took place under Rule 184 of the Rules of Business of the Lok Sabha.
Later, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that she was happy and wasn't worried about the vote in Rajya Sabha where the UPA is in a minority. BSP sources have said party chief Mayawati could go a step further in the Rajya Sabha and bail out the government by voting for FDI.
Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy's amendments on FEMA were also defeated in the Lok Sabha.
Earlier, the issue of FDI in retail was furiously debated in the Lok Sabha with the opposition lashing out at the move as the government appealed to all parties to vote in its favour.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, alleged that SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav walked out of the upper house ahead of voting on FDI in retail because of CBI pressure.
"I wanted that everyone should have walked their talked ... how vociferously Mulayam ji had opposed FDI...if he had voted with us, FDI would not have been implemented. It is not a question of BJP, this is not a communal issue... but the problem is the issue has now become FDI vs CBI," said Swaraj.
The BSP too has CBI cases against it such as the one involving the Taj Corridor Scam case. "When BSP wants support, they come to us, and then, we aren't communal... this dichotomy won't work," she added. 

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