New Delhi: Hectic negotiations by the government and the opposition to conjure up numbers ahead of the crucial FDI debate in Lok Sabha today reflect the importance of voting on the issue. The BJP-Left sponsored motion against the FDI in retail will be debated under Rule 184, which entails voting.
The government has expressed confidence that it has the required numbers in both the Houses of Parliament. In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the government enjoys the support of around 265 MPs, including 18 of DMK. If the government gets the support of Samajwadi Party, which has 22 members in the House and BSP, which has 21, the backing for the ruling coalition goes a little over 300, against the half-way mark of 273.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has said that government is confident that BJP's motion against FDI will be rejected in both Houses of Parliament.
The vote may not just be a number-game for the government but a face-saver as well as it could provide the much-needed boost to complement its fresh-summoned will to give way to economic reforms.
For the opposition, the vote on FDI holds equal importance. For it is the only way to pull down the government and bolster its stand against FDI in retail.