NEW DELHI, Nov 14 – Government was today bracing itself for an Opposition onslaught in the Parliament session beginning next week over the issue of FDI in retail on which a number of opposition parties have given motions entailing voting in the Lok Sabha, reports PTI.
The decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail, which was announced in September, does not require Parliamentary approval because it is an executive action but if the opposition comes together and have their motions adopted in Parliament, it will be a moral defeat and an embarrassment for the UPA.
To add to Government’s discomfiture, sulking ally DMK declined to disclose its stand on how it would vote either on such motions or a no-confidence motion, which is likely to be moved by erstwhile UPA constituent Trinamool Congress.
At present, the Government enjoys the support of about 265 MPs, including 18 of DMK, in a house of 545. With the support of Samajwadi Party (22) and BSP (21), the backing for the ruling coalition goes a little over 300, which is comfortable over the required 273 in Lok Sabha.
BSP and SP together or individually have not shown signs of withdrawing support so far.
The Left parties tabled a motion that will seek a vote on the subject while the main opposition BJP, its ally JD(U) as also Trinamool Congress, which parted ways with the UPA few months back on the issue, have also given notices.
Those from the Opposition who have given notices include Shatabdi Roy (TMC), Ramesh Bais, A T Nana Patil, Hansraj Ahir (all BJP) and Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U).
DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s remark in Chennai that his party’s stand on the FDI issue is a “suspense” raised the political temperature.
The support of DMK, the second largest group in UPA with its 18 MPs in Lok Sabha, is crucial for the UPA in case of a voting on a motion.
To persistent queries on why DMK was maintaining suspense on the FDI issue and whether it would support a no-confidence motion against the Government, Karunanidhi, also a well-known screenplay writer, said: “I have written the script for more than 100 films. A film would be successful only if it has suspense.”