Reiterating that the UPA Government was confident of its numbers in the Lok Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) motion for debate on FDI in retail under rule 184 would not be passed.
"I have been consistently saying that I am confident that the motion moved by the BJP in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will be rejected the house. This is politics and I am urging all political parties not to subscribe to the politics of the BJP," he told mediapersons here.
"I have been saying this for the last five days that we have the numbers, I have no concern. I have objection to politics being done in the name of FDI," he added, while responding to criticism by the BJP.
The BJP earlier today launched a frontal attack on the government ahead of the crucial debate on FDI in retail in the Lok Sabha, and alleged that the floor management in Parliament is done by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and not by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.
BJP leader Balbir Punj said 'all political parties barring the Congress had expressed their opinion against FDI in retail'.
The government is keeping a close eye on Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to win a vote in the Rajya Sabha. The two outfits are not part of the ruling coalition, but provide external support.
Both parties have, however, so far kept their cards close to their chest.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has so far firmly opposed the FDI decision. The Left parties, the AIADMK, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and some other political parties have also made their intent to vote against the government.
The debate will begin in the Lok Sabha at 2 p.m. today. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, will be initiating the debate on the FDI issue on behalf of the BJP. The motion will be put to vote in the Lok Sabha tomorrow.
The Rajya Sabha will begin debating on the FDI issue on Thursday and will vote on Friday. (ANI)