‘Govt wasted 4 days to pull off num­bers’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ■ let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Stick­ing to their de­mand for a vote in Par­lia­ment on al­low­ing FDI in multi-brand re­tail, the BJP and Left on Tues­day blamed the government for wast­ing four days of work in Par­lia­ment to man­age the num­bers.

The BJP also in­sisted that a de­bate and vote on FDI in re­tail take place on Thurs­day - the next work­ing day — to both test the government's num­bers and find out which par­ties had gone back on their op­po­si­tion.

“They didn't have the num­bers till a few days back. So, they have clearly done ju­gaad ('man­aged' sup­port),” BJP spokesman Shah­nawaz Hus­sain said.

“The na­tion needs to know which are the par­ties that op­posed FDI in re­tail ear­lier and have changed their stand now, and why?”

Deny­ing that the BJP had been iso­lated on the is­sue, Hus­sain said the government had many “in­stru­ments” to seek sup­port and some par-

BJP AND LEFT AC­CUSE GOVT OF MUS­TER­ING NUM­BERS ON RE­TAIL FDI. IN­SIST ON VOTE IN HOUSE

ties were help­less in front of it, hint­ing at DMK, SP and BSP. He added the DMK's “Uturn” was be­cause of the 2 G spec­trum case is­sue.

“The UPA has been mus­ter­ing num­bers. The rea­son par­lia­ment was dis­rupted was that UPA had not mus­tered num­bers. It has num­bers (now). Do not know why they are hes­i­tat­ing,” CPI-M leader Si­taram Yechury said.

Yechury said there is no way the government can es­cape a vote as the amend­ments in FEMA to al­low FDI in re­tail need to be brought be­fore the Par­lia­ment.

“Sec­tion 48 of the Act says once th­ese amend­ments are made, they have to be placed be­fore both Houses be­fore the 15th sit­ting of the first ses­sion af­ter the amend­ments are made. That means by De­cem­ber 13,” Yechury said.

SANJEEV VERMA / HT

Congress chief So­nia Gandhi and Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh on their way to at­tend the UPA co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee meet­ing at Par­lia­ment House in New Delhi on Tues­day.

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