New Delhi: With help from Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mayawati again, the government has won a vote in the Rajya Sabha on allowing foreign supermarkets such as Wal-Mart to set up shop in India for the first time. The government had already won a vote on Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha two days earlier.
Here are the political reactions on the government winning the vote in Rajya Sabha:
Maybe market forces convinced Mayawati: Sitaram Yechury to NDTV
In the Upper House it (the numbers) is not convincing at all. 15 MPs who had abstained in the Lok Sabha voted here in the government's favour in the Rajya Sabha. Why they changed their mind...that is not democracy. It is a political relation. Maybe the supremacy of the market is reigning supreme even in Parliament.
We will now go ahead with our economic agenda: Kamal Nath
The government's victory in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha opens the way for financial sector reform bills to be taken up in Parliament next week.
I was explaining to various political parties that this was a debate not on FDI. It was not on FDI because the FDI policy enables the states to avail of it. It is not being shoved down the throat of any state... I tried and explain to all political parties that please recognize the politics of BJP. In the garb of FDI they want to play politics and this has to be abhorred.
This is not a victory for the Government: Sitaram Yechury
What happened in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is the same... This is not a victory of the Government.
In speeches, majority had opposed FDI: Venkaiah Naidu
If you go by the speeches made in the House by different parties overwhelming majority of the members of Rajya Sabha have opposed FDI in retail.
Derek O'Brien's Twitter post on Rekha
A diva is nominated to Rajya Sabha & comes for 11 mins to get sworn in.Then she bunks.She next saunters in for the FDI vote.Eminent person? (sic)