New Delhi: Opposition’s motion against FDI in Lok Sabha was defeated on Wednesday evening. A total of 471 members of the House participated in the voting out of which 218 members voted in favour of the motion moved by Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj whereas 253 members voted against it.

Earlier, the 22 members of Samajwadi Party and 21 members of BSP chose to walk out of the House before voting took place paving the way for government’s victory. Abstention of the members of the two parties reduced the magic number from 273 to 251.

Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj mocked the government that out of the 18 parties participated in the debate in favour of FDI, only four endorsed it.


TMC: Saugata Roy

  • Why Kerala MPs in favour of FDI, while CM against it
  • Mocks at Deepender Hooda

SP: Mulayam defends walk out of LS

  • This is SP's collective decision
  • Move prompted by insults to farmers

BJP: Sushma Swaraj's final argument on FDI

  • Takes dig at Mulayam
  • Requests to vote against FDI
  • Lays claim moral victory
  • Only 4 parties endorse FDI
  • Swaraj makes final debate
  • Sushma mocks at abstation of SP and BSP from voting

Congress: Commerce Minister Anand Sharma's reply

  • Defends government over FDI policy
  • Sums up two-day long FDI debate in Lok Sabha ahead of voting
  • FDI policy not an overnight decision of the government
  • Have written letter to every state after December 7,2011 consulting over FDI
  • 21 states have submitted their response to the Centre
  • 11 states favoured, 7 states were against, 3 undecided over FDI decision

Congress: Deepender Hooda's arguments

  • Defends government's stand
  • Takes jibe at Nitin Gadkari's Purti Group
  • Counter attack on Sushma Swaraj over Mcdonalds remarks: Hooda says Mcdonalds buy potatoes majorly from Gujarat

Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda

  • Former PM takes to the floor
  • Opposes FDI in retail

RJD: Lalu Prasad Yadav's arguments

  • Lalu takes to the floor and expresses his fierce opposition to BJP's motion against FDI
  • BJP politicising FDI issue
  • FDI is good for farmers
  • FDI will eradicate middlemen problem
  • Why opposing FDI if no compulsion on states?asks Lalu
  • FDI will encourage employment
  • Lalu accuses BJP of doublespeak on FDI

BJP: Murli Manohar Joshi's arguments

  • After Lalu took back his comments, the House resumes
  • Joshi took the floor
  • Govt doesnot have facts on its side, claims Joshi
  • Why were the stakeholders not consulted?
  • BJP manifesto opposed FDI
  • If FDI is good for the nation, then why is it optional for the states?
  • BJP rectified its mistake on FDI

RJD: Lalu Prasad Yadav

  • Lalu takes to the floor of the House amid uproar
  • Lalu backs Government's FDI polic, says it will boost economy 
  • Lalu calls BJP a jamoora – a puppet – following which the Opposition erupted into protest
  • Kamal Nath appeals Opposition to let Lalu make his points
  • As the Speaker ruled it as un-parliamentary, the LS was adjourned

SAD: Harsimrat Kaur Badal's arguments

  • Oppose FDI
  • Asks if middlemen are not Indians, Why no policy for them if FDI will displace them

CPI: Gurudas Dasgupta's arguments

  • The Prime Minister is compromising nation's interest for Walmart
  • We are not running away from voting
  • FDI has not helped US farmers also 

RLD: Jayant Chaudhary's arguments

  • RLD backs FDI in retail
  • Farmers need an alternative

NCP: Praful Patel's arguments 

  • NCP defends FDI retail
  • FDI retail will not hurt local markets
  • FDI will bolster economy
  • Globalisation won't kill local markets
  • Trade cannot be one way, have to allow FDI
  • FDI not a new concept for India

Shiv Sena: Anant Geete's arguments 

  • Don't allow FDI in the country
  • Kapil Sibal and Anant Sharma want farmers to die

BJ(D): Bhartruhari Mahtab's arguments 

  • Warned of the adverse effects of FDI in multi-brand retail
  • FDI could fuel social unrest, and pointed to a disturbing correlation between food wastage and countries dominated by multi-national brands

JD(U): Sharad Yadav's arguments

  • We are not against market
  • Slams UPA’s economic policies
  • We don’t want to topple government. If that would had been the case then would have supported TMC’s no-trust motion
  • UPA government is concerned only about the market, not the country.
CPI(M): Basudeb Acharia’s arguments (click here)
  • Will welcome FDI only if it increases productivity
  • FDI in retail will lead to unemployment
  • Farmers are forced to sell produce at low prices
  • Will take FDI issue to the streets
  • "We will not let Wal-Mart enter our country so easily, we will oppose it. We know the government will not let us win here, but we will take the fight from parliament to the streets and will hold protests across the nation against FDI"

During FDI debate

  • SP leader Ramgopal Yadav hints that the party may abstain from voting
  • UPA lacking numbers, deliberately disrupting Rajya Sabha, says Arun Jaitley

Ahead of FDI debate

  • Government meets parties including SP, BSP seeking support during voting on FDI in retail (click here)
  • Continuing the suspense, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that the party is opposed to FDI in retail but will not trouble the government (click here)
  • Prime Minister says the government is confident of numbers
  • BJP leaders appeal parties to vote in favour of the motion and oppose FDI



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