1 - Brilliantly 'scripted' floor management by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath - He emerged as a hero by saving Congress's sinking ship as he was the one who convinced BSP Supremo Mayawati to vote in favour of UPA govt's FDI in retail in Rajya Sabha. It came as a surprise for most of us as it was Kamal Nath's script which Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati read out in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Her announcement that her party will vote against the Opposition sponsored motion in the Rajya Sabha on FDI in multibrand retail sent a wave of surprise across the political circles and media.
2 - Last minute walkout by 'Netaji' Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party's MPs -Samajwadi Party played a major role in government’s victory as Mulayam Singh's party MPs staged a walkout just minutes before voting. Of the total of 212 MPs in the house, 123 casted their vote against the motion opposing FDI in multi-brand retail, while 109 voted in its favour.
3- 'Behenji' Mayawati's decision to vote in favour of UPA in Rajya Sabha -Mayawati's 15 BSP MPs voted in favour of FDI, ensuring a victory margin bigger than expected. In the Lok Sabha, the BSP had warned the government not to rush through with FDI in multi-brand retail since there were fears that small retailers and farmers would be adversely affected. A day later Mayawati said in the Rajya Sabha, "What is good but is that it is not compulsory for all states. We have also considered whether to stand with communal forces. There can be disruption in the coming days. Important bills are pending, the government will get the excuse to escape important issues. That's why looking at plus points, the BSP will vote in favour of the government."