Even as NDA convener and Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav indicated on Thursday that the party was open to discussing FDI in retail in Parliament under a rule that does not entail voting, ally BJP kept its cards close to its chest, saying it would take a call just before the session.
Saying it was important to discuss crucial matters in the winter session, Yadav said the JD (U) had given notices to Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar for a discussion on FDI under two rules — Rule 184 that entails voting and Rule 193, which has only a debate but no voting. The idea is to see which approach builds a consensus among the opponents of retail FDI.
“It’s not something that concerns one party. We will go with a consensus among opposition parties,” Yadav said. He added the JD (U) will give notices to discuss corruption, including all three CAG reports on coal blocks, power and aviation.
A BJP leader said the party’s key leaders will meet on November 20 to discuss the matter, following which an NDA meet will seal the alliance’s position.
While the BJP is unwilling to open its cards before the party and NDA positions are fleshed out, the JD (U) is going by the mantra of opposition unity.
BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the party would be aggressive in Parliament, adding it would take up the issue of the takeover of National Herald by a company Young India, with which Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were associated.