The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday said it would vote against foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha even as it continues to support the government on the issue in the Lok Sabha.
"If there is a vote on FDI in Rajya Sabha we will vote against it… we will not let it pass," party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar allowed a debate with voting rights under rule 184 in the Upper House. Minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla announced that a debate with voting rights would also take place in Rajya Sabha.
Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the fifth day following a ruckus by SP MPs over a proposal to introduce quota in job promotions while BJP members demanded a debate on FDI in multi-brand retail.
Both Houses of Parliament have been seeing disruptions since the winter session began Nov 22.
The SP lends outside support to the United Progressive Alliance government.