The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will vote in favour of the Congress-led UPA government on the issue of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, party chief Mayawati told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
The BSP supremo was taking part in the two-day debate in the upper house on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. Voting will take place on Friday.
The BSP's backing could see the government through, even though the Samajwadi Party said it would not support the government, analysts said. Earlier, the Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned as Mayawati accused the BJP of targeting her party over its stance on FDI in multi-brand retail and said the main opposition party’s stance was like a “fox” who cannot reach grapes and terms them sour.
When the House resumed after a 10-minute break, she declared: “The BSP has decided to vote in favour of the government.”
In the Lok Sabha, the BSP had walked out of the House shortly before voting was held on Wednesday on the same issue after a two-day debate. The BSP walkout helped the ruling United Progressive Alliance in defeating the opposition-sponsored motion.
Earlier, before the Rajya Sabha was adjourned, the BJP members strongly protested to Mayawati’s remarks against them.
Chairman Hamid Ansari assured the members that any unparliamentary word will not go on record.