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Opposition motion defeated in Rajya Sabha, UPA wins with 123 votes

BS Reporters  |  New Delhi 

3.25 pm The Congress-led government won the approval of Parliament to allow in multi-brand with a motion against it being defeated convincingly in Rajya Sabha, as the BSP voted in favour of

123 members voted against the motion while 109 voted in favour after a two-day animated debate during which the Opposition attacked the proposal to allow 51% in multi-brand retail, while the government strongly justified it saying it was in the best interest of the country

Reforms are on track: Kamal Nath

Parliamentary Affairs Minister says the twin victory opens the way for financial sector reform bills to be taken up in Parliament next week

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He said: In the following week we will bring more financial legislation on economic reforms”

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla says the vote of exposed the myth that the government is in minority in Rajya Sabha and the Opposition has majority

03.05 pm Opposition motion defeated in Rajya Sabha, wins with 123 votes


02.35 pm Voting begins in Rajya Sabha over in retail

Govt needs 118 to win vote

Samajwadi Party walks out of Rajya Sabha ahead of vote

Anand Sharma questioned BJP's opposition to in saying that when the party was in power, it had plans to allow in up to the extent of 100%, which was countered vociferously by members from the BJP including Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley


01.20 pm
Voting  on to take place  at 2:30 pm: Rajiv Shukla


01.15 pm
 Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

Heated response as Anand Sharma responds to NK Singh of the JDU. PJ Kurien, Deputy Chairperson appeals for calm|

The opposition is fear mongering, saying farmers will be finished. That is far from the truth: Aanand Sharma

12.40 pm Commerce minister Anand Sharma says policy made without any foreign influence

Discrepancies in post-harvest loss figures data, says Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley

Commerce, agriculture ministers have used contradicting data, alleges BJP

12.15 pm The Lok Sabha has adjourned till 2 pm following an uproar over the non-procurement of paddy in UP and Bihar

Farmers' union gave written consent on FDI: Anand Sharma

Uproar in the Rajya Sabha over Anand Sharma's remarks that parties were consulted on multi-brand FDI

Wrote to Nitin Gadkari, why didn't he discuss it with his party: Anand Sharma

19 CMs have written back to me on FDI: Anand Sharma

Spoke to 14 chief ministers on FDI, says Anand Sharma


11.30 am Commerce minister Anand Sharma will reply to the debate in the Rajya Sabha


10.20 am Prime Minister Singh called up all the nominated members ahead of the vote on in multi-brand in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The voting will take place after 2 pm in the Rajya Sabha after the final debate on

TMC says the Congress is misusing CBI

CPI leader D. Raja says there is no consensus on FDI

DAY 1: December 06

On Thursday, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was assured of being home and dry in the Rajya Sabha debate on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, with the Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP) shedding its tentativeness and announcing it was with the government on the issue.

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Former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu says the UPA government, which is in a minority, does not want a debate on the issue of FDI


04.45 pm Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav says the party will walkout of the Rajya Sabha during voting on FDI

BSP had earlier announced support to

04:02 pm
BSP on Board: Want to see impact in states implementing it: Mayawati

Only 1.2% Wal-mart staff above poverty line: Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M)

Ikea will force carpenters out of jobs: Yechury  

03:30 pm TMC's Derek O'Brien says, before there should be infrastructure

no more or less than Foreign Direct Instruction, O'Brien

This government needs to go, India deserves better, says O'Brien

02.55 pm Govt set to win vote in Rajya Sabha with BSP's support

BSP will vote in favour of multi-brand FDI, says Mayawati

The BSP chief said her party took in consideration the fact that will not be forced upon the states

02.35 pm BSP will not go with communal forces, says Mayawati

BJP misused CBI to target me in Taj Corridor, DA case, says Mayawati

Mayawati: will show how BJP misused the CBI


02.05 pm Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari stops from quoting proceedings of Lok Sabha

BSP’s detractors always say we face a CBI threat, says Mayawati

BSP leader Mayawati’s comment on Sushma Swaraj created a pandemonium in the upper house

Sushma Swaraj's attack on BSP is a case of sour grapes, says Mayawati

BSP leader rejects charges made by Sushma Swaraj against BSP in Lok Sabha


1.25 pm Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley says in can lead to legal tangles

BJP: Will cease to be manufacturing nation, if is allowed

Arun Jaitley says reforms are needed in the manufacturing sector, but will destroy the manufacturing sector in India. We will become a nation of sales boys and sales girls

Arun Jaitley: Will some western countries set parameters of economic policies in India? We were never against but in which sectors it should come has to be looked at cautiously. The country has to decide that on the basis of loss and profit from in each sector

1.10 pm Prime Minister Singh has voiced confidence that the decision will get the approval in Rajya Sabha even as BSP chief refused to specify the way her party would vote in the Upper House where a discussion on the issue began.  

"I am confident about Rajya Sabha," Singh told reporters in Parliament House when asked whether he was confident of winning the vote in Rajya Sabha.


12.55 pm Super middlemen like Walmart, Carrefour will replace small middlemen: Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley says will eat up manufacturing jobs

Manufacturing will be the first to be affected by FDI, says Arun Jaitley

Every change is not a reform: BJP

The Leader of Opposition says the government is dependent on others and will have to pay a huge price for this. It is a costly support and every day, you will have to pay a price

Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley slams NCP for doublespeak on FDI

Arun Jaitley : After Lok Sabha figures, you are a lameduck government, even allies opposing FDI

12.40 pm will positively impact economy and common man: Congress

Congress cites Walmart's China example as good for India

Congress leader Ashwani Kumar says will prevent post-harvest losses

12.25 pm AIADMK: Even the PM had opposed when he was in opposition

AIADMK: What brought a drastic change in PM's opinion? 

Govt wrong in saying that will create jobs, says AIADMK

Global joints not interested in small business

AIADMK: Oppose decision of minority Govt to bring FDI

12.10 pm
The debate in the Rajya Sabha begins. The government is short of numbers and may lose the vote. The SP has already said it will not vote for FDI, the BSP is noncommittal. 


11.30 am
In Rajya Sabha ,the debate of in multi-brand is likely to begin at noon. TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien called the vote in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, 'match fixing.'

On 05 December, aided by the absence of the Samajwadi Party ( SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP), the United Progressive Alliance government won the Lok Sabha vote on allowing foreign direct investment ( FDI) in multi-brand retail, besides the enabling rules under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema).

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Rajya Sabha

How the numbers stack up

Total strength of the House 244

Halfway mark 122

Congress 70, DMK 7, National conference 2, RJD 2, NCP 7, LJP 1, BSP 15, SP 9, JMM 1, Nominated 10, Independent and others 7

NDA: BJP 49, Shiv sena 4, SAD 3, JD (U) 9

Left: CPI (M) 11, CPI 2, Forward Bloc 1

Rest: AIADMK 5, TMC 9, AGP 2, BJD 7, INDL 1, TDP 5, BPF 1, KC (M) 1, Mizo National Front 1, Nagaland people’s front 1, Sikkim Democratic front 1

** If SP abstains, the strength of the Rajya Sabha will be reduced to 235, bringing down the halfway mark to 118; will sail through with 122 votes

In the scenario of BSP abstaining, the strength will be down to 229, and the halfway mark to 115. In that case, UPA, which will already have 116 votes, will manage to scrape through

First Published: Fri, December 07 2012. 15:36 IST