A livid Mayawati on Thursday took potshots at senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj over her claim that the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) abstained from voting on the FDI issue in the Lok Sabha because of CBI pressure, and announced that she would vote with the Congress-led Government in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.
She said that her party decided to back the government after taking into consideration the fact that FDI in retail will not be forced upon the states.
The BSP chief said the only plus point of the FDI policy is that it will not be forced upon the states and that the latter are free to choose on whether to implement it or not.
"Like the Lok Sabha, we wanted to abstain in the Rajya Sabha... and if the opposition's motion goes through tomorrow then they will get a political peg and the house will not function... many important litigations will go on the back burner...
Considering all these factors, we will vote with the government in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow," she added.
Mayawati, however, said it should be seen that the domestic markets are not hit while allowing FDI.
"BSP and most of the people in this country feel that this decision will impact the small traders and manufacturers adversely. India's economy will also be impacted and people fear that we will be economically dependent on foreign companies," she added.
Mayawati also asked the government not to take a hurried decision on the issue of FDI in the retail sector.
"We suggest that the Centre should try this policy out in some Congress-ruled states and see how the experience is in a time bound fashion," she said.
Taking on the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mayawati said Sushma Swaraj was suffering from the 'sour grapes' syndrome.
The Rajya Sabha witnessed an uproar following Mayawati's jibe at Sushma Swaraj as the BJP lawmakers were up on their feet raising objections to the BSP chief's remark.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath came out in full defence of Mayawati, saying her comment was not unparliamentary.
The BSP chief said the opposition party has very often accused her of being under pressure from CBI.
"This has become fashionable for the opposition. Since the BJP is a responsible party and they have hinted at us being under pressure from the CBI, we need to elucidate how the BJP abused the CBI when it was in power," she added.
Mayawati alleged that the BJP used the CBI to target her in the Taj Corridor scam.
Mayawati further said the BJP used the CBI to put pressure on the BSP to agree to a pre-poll alliance.
"We have never given in to communal forces. We have never been afraid of the CBI nor of the Congress and BJP Governments at the Centre," said Mayawati.
"Jo baatein humko padne ko mili hain, woh inke chichorepan, ocheypan aur choteypan ko darshata hain," (smallness and cheap mentality) she added.
Upset over the Bahujan Samaj Party's decision to walk out of the Lok Sabha just ahead of voting on FDI yesterday, Sushma Swaraj in her speech concluding the debate wondered if the CBI was closer to the party's interest or FDI. (ANI)