Ministers Kamal Nath, Kapil Sibal and Rajiv Shukla are in touch with the leaders of these parties. Mulayam Singh Yadav has maintained the SP can’t vote with the UPA, but Congress managers are working to get on him board. Sonia Gandhi reached out to him on Thursday by wishing him on his birthday.
The Congress is hopeful of some assurance from BSP chief Mayawati while Sibal may head out to Chennai this weekend to meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi. The BJP, on its part, is firm on its demand for a vote. When finance minister P Chidambaram met party leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj on Friday to seek their support on some key bills, he was reportedly told to resolve the FDI logjam first.