Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav on Friday said that the party will act against MP Upendra Kushwaha for voting in favour of the UPA Government on the issue of allowing FDI in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha.
Yadav's stern warning came even as a recounting of votes on FDI was ordered by Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari after the government demanded it, as the number of votes appeared more than the actual strength of the House.
Eventually, it was declared that the UPA Government had got the support of 123 MPs, while the opposition secured the support of 109 MPs.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Friday said that it was a myth to say that the UPA Government was in a minority in the Rajya Sabha, and added that the government would continue to try to push other bills by talking to opposition leaders.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said reforms were on track after the UPA won the voting on FDI in retail in the Rajya Sabha, getting the support of 123 MPs.
Refuting BJP's charge that UPA used the CBI to get Mayawati's support, Kamal Nath said, "Mayawati voted with BJP on nuclear deal earlier, then BJP did not raise the CBI issue. Now when they vote against BJP, BJP accuses of misuse of CBI. This shows the mindset of BJP, it is about the politics of BJP."
Earlier, this afternoon, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said that the BJP was disrespecting people by saying FDI will create sales boys and sales girls.
Sharma said that he had written to all concerned leaders on FDI in retail and got replies from 19 chief ministers.
Speaking during the FDI debate in the Rajya Sabha, Sharma said: "I met 14 chief ministers in different states on FDI in retail. I wrote to the Leader of the Opposition. I request the Opposition not to charge me of not reaching out to concerned parties. I wrote letters to all concerned."
CPI leader D Raja claimed that there was no consensus within the UPA on FDI in retail.
He questioned the stands of SP, BSP and DMK on FDI.
"SP and DMK have expressed strong reservations against FDI. There is no consensus. SP, BSP and DMK will have to justify their stands and explain to the people. The point is that the BSP expressed a number of reservations on FDI, so also the SP," D Raja said.
In the morning, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called up all the nominated members ahead of the vote on FDI in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati declared that she will vote for the government on FDI in retail in the Rajya Sabha.
Mayawati on Thursday turned the debate on FDI in the Rajya Sabha into an attack on the BJP. (ANI)