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With SP and BSP members staging a walk out, passing the motion for FDI in retail was a piece of cake for the UPA government
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on Wednesday survived the attack from Opposition over foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail. The motion brought by the Opposition was defeated in the Lok Sabha. Out of total 471 members present in the House, 253 voted in favour while 218 opposed FDI in retail.
Members from both Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) both outside supporters of the government staged a walk out, thus reducing the numbers for the UPA government to win the motion.
Government has neglected the interest of farmers and small traders by deciding on FDI in multi-brand retail, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav alleged after his party's walkout.
"We walked out because the government has neglected the interest of farmers and small traders," he told reporters.
Asked why SP MPs walked out instead of voting against the motion, he said "this was the party's decision. The party has decided to stage walk out rejecting the move."
When it was pointed out that SP's decision has helped the government, he said "whatever the party has decided we do that exactly."
Expressing concern over the fate of farmers and small traders after FDI in retail, Yadav said the "interest of five crore small traders and 20 crore farmers and their families were sacrificed by the government's decision. That is why we have walked out."
Hours before the vote, the government sought to create a wedge among parties opposed to opening the retail sector to foreign companies, asking them to realise the politics of BJP.
"The question is not FDI as the decision to implement it is on the state governments. If the states have to decide, what are we deciding here. The only thing to be decided here is to support or oppose BJP's politics and condemn it," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters.
In reply to a poser on UPA's outside supporters SP and BSP opposing FDI in multi-brand retail, he said, "Speaking against FDI is a separate issue, because they can be against it. But I request all political parties to vote against the politics of BJP...it will be demonstrated in the voting on Wednesday. They will be defeated today," he said.
Earlier, his deputy Rajiv Shukla said government was in touch with various parties for their support.
"We are in touch with all (parties). We have requested them to support us. FDI will not hurt the interests of farmers or small traders. In fact, it will help them," Shukla said.
While both SP and BSP had opposed FDI on Tuesday during a debate on the issue, they had not made it clear whether they will support the motion.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had asked the two parties to support the motion, saying their fears that the government could fall were "unfounded."
Meeting a long pending demand of several supporters of Babasaheb Ambedkar, the union government announced transfer of prime Indu Mill land in Mumbai to Maharashtra for constructing a memorial
New Delhi: The Union Government on Wednesday transferred a piece of prime land in Mumbai for a memorial to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar ahead of the crucial vote on foreign direct investment (FDI) in Parliament but BSP Chief Mayawati appeared unimpressed seeking at least 30-40 acres of land for the purpose, reports PTI.
"If the government allocates 12-13 acres of land for it, it would not be sufficient for the memorial. For such a grand memorial for Dr Ambedkar, at least 30-40 acres of land would be required. In 12-13 acres, no grand memorial can be built," she told reporters outside Parliament House.
"We will not accept if the government makes a memorial for Dr Ambedkar in 12-13 acres of land. He will have to be given his due respect as he is the father of our Constitution," she said.
Earlier, the government announced in both Houses of Parliament transfer of prime Indu Mill land in Mumbai to Maharashtra government for constructing a memorial to Dr Ambedkar, meeting a long pending demand of several political parties in the state.
Reports had it that the total land of the now defunct Indu Mill near Chaityabhumi at Dadar in Mumbai, was of 12.5 acres.
Mayawati raised the issue in a big way in Rajya Sabha.
Even though Chairman Hamid Ansari said a statement by the government is listed in the agenda and the announcement will be made at noon, she insisted that the Question Hour be suspended and the statement be made forthwith leading to the adjournment of the House.
When the House reassembled and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla announced the decision to transfer land, Mayawati asked the details of the memorial plan seeking to know how much money would be spent on it and how much land would be allocated for the purpose.
Making the announcement in Lok Sabha, Textile Minister Anand Sharma said, "The Government of India has taken a view to make available this land for use to the Government of Maharashtra for the construction of a befitting memorial."
The ashes of Babasaheb Ambedkar are interred at Chaitya Bhoomi, situated in the vicinity of the 12.5 acre land of India United Mill, popularly known as Indu Mill, under the National Textile Corporation at Prabhadevi in central Mumbai.
"The government has initiated the process to give effect to this decision and I will be shortly be moving the necessary legislative proposal for Parliamentary approval. I seek the support and endorsement of the House," Sharma said.
The announcement came at a time when the government, which does not have numbers in the Upper House, is banking heavily on BSP for a smooth sail during voting on the FDI issue.
In Rajya Sabha, Shukla promised "whatever explanation they (BSP) are seeking will be made available."
BJP's Ravishankar Prasad also supported Mayawati's demand.