Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday alleged that Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav walked out of the upper house ahead of voting on FDI in retail because of CBI pressure.
It may be recalled that on March 1, 2007, the Supreme Court directed the CBI to probe the assets of Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family. Petitions by Yadav and his family, seeking a review of the decision, are pending since the judgment was reserved in February 2011.
The government could always apply pressure by seeking to file additional documents or pressing for an early decision on these probes.
"I wanted that everyone should have walked their talked ... how vociferously Mulayam ji had opposed FDI...if he had voted with us, FDI would not have been implemented. It is not a question of BJP, this is not a communal issue... but the problem is the issue has now become FDI vs CBI," said Swaraj.
The BSP too has CBI cases against it such as the one involving the Taj Corridor Scam case.
"When BSP wants support, they come to us, and then, we aren't communal... this dichotomy won't work," she added.
Talking to reporters over the Samajwadi Party's step, Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier reiterated his stand against FDI, and said that the reform will hurt the interest of small traders and farmers.
During a heated debate on the issue on Tuesday, Yadav had said that his party will never support the government move, but today their abstention from voting has made it easier for the government to defeat the motion by a comfortable majority in the House.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today decided to abstain from voting over the issue and walked out from Lok Sabha ahead of voting.
Samajwadi Party has 21 MPs, while the Bahujan Samaj Party has 22 MPs.
With the SP and BSP deciding to abstain from voting, the government now needs the support of 251 MPs to defeat the Opposition's motion.
The government has 261 MPs on its side.