As SP, BSP walk out, govt wins FDI vote

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Earlier in the house, she said that of the 18 parties that participated in the debate, only four - Congress, NCP, RJD and RLD - spoke in favour while 14 parties were strongly opposed. "If you go by the numbers then these 14 parties represent 282 members, who were clearly against FDI in retail" she said.

She also questioned Sharma's contention that political consensus had been forged. "How can you say it is consensus if the main opposition is not there" she said. "What you see today is consensus, when 14 parties are against it. Consensus was also seen on the day of Bharat bandh when Trinamool and CPI(M) together supported it and so did the SP and BSP in Uttar Pradesh."

Oppn motions rejected

FDI IN MULTI-BRAND RETAIL

Votes against the motion 253

Votes for the motion 218

FEMA RULE CHANGES

Votes against the motion 254

Votes for the motion 224

Total strength of House: 545

Walkouts: SP (22 MPs, BSP 21)

Abstentions: 0 Rest absent

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