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SP, BSP Ambivalent Over Discussion on Retail FDI

Samajwadi Party and BSP, which support the UPA government from outside, today remained ambivalent on whether there should be a discussion in Parliament on FDI in retail under provisions which entail voting.

SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav held a meeting of his party MPs this morning in Parliament House. However, when asked after the meeting what the party stand would be, he said "let the matter come up first in the House, then we will see. Why ask this question outside"?

Yadav had openly expressed his opposition to FDI in multi-brand retail and even participated in street protests against the issue.

Before the Lok Sabha met for the day, Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi walked upto Yadav's seat and wished him on his birthday. She even asked Leader of the House Sushilkumar Shinde to wish Yadav who turned 74 today.

SP MP Shailendra Kumar has given an adjournement motion notice for a discussion on the FDI issue.

BSP MPs also did not speak out clearly on the issue.

"The Centre should first decide under which rule it wanted the discussion in Parliament on FDI. First, government has to decide, then we will make our stand clear on the floor of the House," BSP chief Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament when asked about her stand on the FDI issue.

Both SP and BSP are known for opposing the government on certain issues but fall in line inside Parliament. The opposition parties, especially BJP, have charged that this change in attitude inside Parliament is due to the fear of CBI which is probing cases of disproportionate assets against Yadav and Mayawati.

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