Maya set to bail out govt in RS, to vote for FDI

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Mayawati, who used more than half her speech to hit out at the "communal forces", said the language used by Swaraj was "undignified" and "petty" and the allegations were "without any basis".

"Allegations of CBI pressure on us has become fashionable... But I want to make it clear that we are not afraid of CBI...have never been afraid of the CBI or the central government even in the worst of times," she said, adding that it was a case of "sour grapes" for the BJP as its motion was getting defeated.

Some of her references to Swaraj were deemed unparliamentary and expunged from the records after the BJP objected. Amid heated exchanges between BJP and BSP members, the house had to be adjourned for 10 minutes.

Mayawati repeated her party's objections to the FDI decision and asked the government to ensure that it does not hurt domestic industry and farmers. "Many people fear that this decision will adversely affect farmers, small traders, shopkeepers and artisans. I suggest that the UPA government undertake detailed studies which will establish whether FDI is good for the country or not...It is not good to act in haste while deciding such important matters," she said.

"While there are many deficiencies in the government's decision, the good thing about it is that it has been left to the states to decide whether they want these supermarkets or not. It is not being forced down the throats of states," she said.

Accusing the government of betraying Parliament, BJP's Venkaiah Naidu said the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail was taken even without consulting allies and supporting parties. His remarks that the government did not consult even its "allies" such as the BSP and SP created a brief furore with BSP members taking objection to his description of BSP as an ally of the UPA.

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