Even as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) continued talks with Opposition parties to elicit their support on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail during the vote in the Lok Sabha, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has said it was against the move. The party, however, said it would not do anything to "trouble the government".
"Netaji (SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav) has already made his position clear on the issue - that he is against FDI. Today, after the reply of the government, the Samajwadi Party will decide what to do at the time of the voting. We will not do anything to trouble the government," SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav told a news channel.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, meanwhile, questioned the intent of the opposition.
If the opposition wanted to "persuade" the government to roll back FDI, Tewari asked, then why did it go for a debate under Rule 184, which entails voting, instead of Rule 193 that states how a member would submit in writing his request for a discussion on a matter of urgent public importance.
"We are in talks with Opposition parties to persuade them to vote in favour of FDI in retail," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said.
The Lok Sabha would on Wednesday continue the debate on FDI before putting it to vote in the evening. Some consolation for the government comes in from the SP that props the ruling UPA from outside.
With inputs from IANS