Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has expressed his confidence that like the victory in Lok Sabha, UPA government will win the vote on FDI in multi brand in the Rajya Sabha also.
Talking to the mediaperson outside the Parliament, Chidambaram expressed that the debate will happen and the government will win the vote.
Meanwhile BJP has expressed its concern over the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party's decision to abstain from voting on FDI in the Lok Sabha yesterday.
Earlier Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had alleged that they suspect the action of the government. Party spokesperson Rajeev Pratap Rudhy has said that there is a big question what prompted these two political parties, whether it is the threat of CBI or the government had to go on its knees begging them to support them. The fact remains that the government does not enjoy the majority anymore.
The fact also remains that of the 18 political parties, who have participated in the debate of which 22 leaders have spoken against FDI and more than 14 parties out of these 18 political parties have opposed the FDI in this country. It's a matter of concern what has been displayed by the Samajwadi Party and the BSP in the Lok Sabha, Rudy added.
It is noted that the UPA Government, which won the vote on motion against FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha yesterday, is hoping that the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will bail it out for the numbers are not in its favour in the Rajya Sabha.
The motion brought by the opposition was defeated by a margin of 35 votes as 218 members voted in favour of the motion while 253 against it.
(With input from ANI)