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SP to vote against FDI in Rajya Sabha

IANS  New Delhi, November 29, 2012
First Published: 14:29 IST(29/11/2012) | Last Updated: 14:31 IST(29/11/2012)

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.

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"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.


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