Ahead of Parliament’s winter session beginning November 22, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host a dinner for UPA leaders on Friday night.
Singh has already met the top leadership of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, both provide outside support to the government, last week.
The Prime Minister’s dinner for the leaders of UPA constituents assumes significance in the wake of opposition parties plan to press for voting on a motion on the issue of government’s decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector.
Singh is reaching out to UPA allies and parties extending support from outside to have a firm strategy in place to face the attack from a joint opposition, which had forced the government to reverse its decision during the winter session last year.
The Left have already tabled a motion in both Houses that will seek a vote on the FDI. The main opposition BJP, its ally JD(U) and the Trinamool Congress, which parted ways with the UPA a few months back on the issue, have also given similar notices.
Those from the opposition who have given notices include Shatabdi Roy (TMC), Ramesh Bais, A T Nana Patil, Hansraj Ahir (all BJP) and Rajiv Ranjan Singh (JD-U).
The UPA faces trouble from within also on the issue, its sulking ally, the DMK with 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha, has so far refused to disclose whether it would support the government or not.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi had said in Chennai on Wednesday that his party will keep the suspense for some time.