New Delhi: The Congress-led UPA government might have won in both Houses of Parliament over contentious issue of FDI in retail, but it had to toil hard to reach the comfort zone as the party faced ripples from all corners.

Film star Rekha, one of the Rajya Sabha members who voted in favour of the government, had earlier refused to turn up during the vote in the Upper House saying that she did not have proper accommodation in the national capital. She put a condition that she would come to vote over the vital issue if she would be provided accommodation in a five star hotel and descended in Delhi after being promised an accommodation of her choice.

All rooms in Maharashtra State liaison center and guest house in Delhi (known as Maharashtra Sadan) are double-bedded, air-conditioned, equipped with TV sets, telephones and attached bathrooms, which Rekha is entitled to as an MP, but she had termed this arrangement as not suitable for her.

“It was not a bargain. She was provided a five-star suite as she had made a personal demand for it,” said a senior Congress leader.

In the Lok Sabha, the UPA had got 253 votes in its favour against the opposition’s 218 votes. The government in Rahya Sabha had managed to get 123 votes while there were just 102 votes in favour of the motion against FDI in retail. As many as 19 members did not cast their votes.

(JPN/Bureau)

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