New Delhi: In a veiled attack on Samajwadi Party, CPI(M) on Monday said the vote on FDI in retail could be defeated if all parties which had pledged support to UPA vote against the government, which appears to have "arranged" votes through "wholesale trading".
Addressing the 'Convention Against FDI in Multi-Brand Retail Trade', CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury launched an attack on Congress-led UPA saying the government was responsible for disruption in Parliament for five days by not accepting the demand for vote on FDI.
"We had demanded a discussion entailing voting on FDI. For five days, the government did accept it. Government did not allow Parliament to function (by not allowing vote for five days) and it is responsible for this.”
"They accepted for a vote after five days. They needed five days for arranging votes. If parties like SP, TDP and JD(S), who were with us on streets to protest, also vote against FDI, the government will be defeated," he said.
Yechury said if SP or BSP, which are opposed to FDI, abstain or vote with government then it will win.
Alleging that Congress knows how to "manage" votes citing JMM bribery case and cash for vote scam, he said, "The government is known for this. There is trading, may be wholesale trading. Congress has experience in this."
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, JD-S leader H D Deve Gowda and Chandrababu Naidu of TDP had courted arrest along with Left leaders in protest against FDI in retail.
Yechury said the government does not have majority in Rajya Sabha and it could lose the vote.
He also took potshots at Trinamool Congress saying it is the party which brought no-confidence motion but later said they would not insist on voting on FDI at the all-party meeting. "Why do Trinamool do this? To help whom?" he asked.
"The parties should honestly vote on this issue," he said.
The Left parties also turned down Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath's demand that all secular Opposition parties should reject the "politics of BJP" on the FDI issue, saying it is an issue of policy and not politics.
"What we are saying that there is no politics in it. It is a rejection of the policy that the government has announced. When NDA government also mulled over this issue when they were in power for six years, we had opposed it then and we oppose it now," Yechury said.
Talking to reporters outside Parliament House, he said that the Left parties' opposition to the FDI is "based on our assessment of the situation, based on facts, the analysis has been presented in Parliament in number of time.
"So, it is not who is standing where in politics. The question is this policy is not in the interest of either the Indian economy or the Indian people today."
Yechury also rejected the government's claim that only one House needs to approve the FEMA amendment.
"I don't know on what basis the government is making this claim. My limited knowledge of English language and reading of Section 48 of the FEMA Act, it is amply clear that it says both the Houses of Parliament. It doesn't says the Parliament. If it says the Parliament, then there could be some way of interpretation. It explicitly says both the Houses of Parliament," he added.