'UPA is united on FDI in retail': Kamal Nath

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 10:24 hrs

New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said the allies of the ruling UPA Government are united in wanting discussion on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

Kamal Nath said 'the UPA is fully united and all constituents of the UPA have said that they are firmly behind the government in any discussion or debate in Parliament'.

"Yesterday in the meeting this matter was discussed and the larger numbers were in favour of a discussion to be decided by the Speaker. So, I will hold consultations with the Speaker, convey this sense of yesterday's meeting and let the Speaker take an appropriate decision," Nath told mediapersons after the UPA Coordination Committee here.

"The sense of the house yesterday was to have a discussion, they did not insist on voting. There were some members who said let us leave to the Speaker. So, I will be consulting. This is going to be the Speaker's decision. It cannot be a government discussion," he added.

Meanwhile, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M. Karunanidhi also offered to support the UPA Government in Parliament on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

This move of Karunanidhi has come as a major breakthrough for the ruling Congress Party at the Centre, as DMK is the second-largest party in the UPA after the Congress with 18 Lok Sabha MPs.

The Centre, which has taken the stand that it will not force the DMK in Chennai or any other state government on implementation of FDI in the retail sector, was earlier making all attempts to persuade Karunanidhi to support the government on the issue.

The BJP is, however, firm on its demand for discussion and voting on FDI in retail. 

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