New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United) is keeping its options open on foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail. JD(U) President Sharad Yadav on Thursday said that his party has given notices for debate on FDI in retail under two rules, one of which entail voting and and the other thans doesn't require voting.
However, Sharad Yadav added that Parliament would not be stalled as his party wanted to discuss the issue during the winter session. He also said that all efforts will be made to work together with all opposition parties during the winter session.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) on Wednesday gave a notice for discussion on FDI in retail in both Houses of Parliament under Rule 168 and Rule 184 that entail voting. Earlier, CPM leader Basudeb Acharia said on Tuesday that opposing FDI in multi-brand retail was the party's "top priority" in the winter session of Parliament. The Trinamool Congress too is all set to force the Congress-led UPA Government to allow discussion and voting on the proposal in Parliament.
The government’s task has been made tougher with some of its constituent parties like the DMK also voicing their opposition to FDI along with the Samajwadi Party. DMK supremo M Karunanidhi has said that he will reveal his stand when the bill is brought in Parliament.
Among other allies, the Samajwadi Party is also opposed to FDI while the BSP is yet to give a commitment despite the dinner and lunch diplomacy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Mulayam and Mayawati.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already said that it will oppose the decision of the UPA in this regard and will work out a joint strategy with its allies and other parties.
Amidst all this, what has added to the trouble of the government is the exit of MIM. With this development, the UPA, which is in a minority, depends a lot on other smaller parties.