New Delhi: The government on Friday sought recalculation of votes in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of FDI retail as the total number of votes appeared to be more than the actual strength of the House.

After the government’s victory in the Lower House, the Congress-led UPA government on Friday defeated the Opposition’s motion against Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in the Upper House too. A total of 123 members voted against the motion while 109 voted in its favour after a two-day long debate over the contentious issue of allowing 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail. One member was marked abstained at the time of voting in the House. It means a total of 233 members present in the House whereas the display machine summed it up 232.

This fault in calculation was noticed and the government sought recalculation of votes cast through the electronic machine.

The request was made to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla.

(JPN/Agencies)

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