On Thursday, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has allowed a debate with voting rights under rule 184.
So far the question of Samajwadi Party (SP) is concerned, particularly its Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, I don’t think he can support the Govt. on FDI matter without keeping some condition in his mind since he is mature politician and his game remains ungues sable till last.
Exactly before the right time strikes, Mr. Mulayam Singh hints his terms to the Govt. in such a delicate moment when it has no other option but to accede to his demands, and this way this great statesman plays his political cards.
As regards his cards on the issue of foreign investment in retail, he slightly shook the Govt. on Thursday by saying that was not possible to confirm their stand which shall be let known at the right time.
However, Mulayam Singh, Chief of Samajwadi Party, said that the party would wait for the “right opportunity” to take a decision. He said immediately after his brother and party leader said it would vote against the issue in the Rajya Sabha.
Mulayam Singh told the media:
“In politics you wait for the right opportunity and only then take the decision. There should be serious discussion on the issue of FDI.”
A little before that, Ram Gopal Yadav had said: “If there is a vote on FDI in Rajya Sabha, we will vote against it and shall not let it pass.”
In the Rajya Sabha, where the UPA government is in a minority, the SP is ferocious over what it feels is the government’s support for reservation for Dalits and tribals in job promotions. It is an idea which is backed by its rival, the Bahujan Samaj Party.
To confuse matters further, the SP had obliquely supported the government on the issue in the Lok Sabha by not insisting on a debate with voting.
After that, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla announced that a debate with voting rights would also take place in the Rajya Sabha.
It is nothing to surprise, Mr. Mulayam Singh is a seasoned politician and can twist the game at any moment.