UPA has the numbers, says PM after FDI meet
New Delhi: Yes, we are confident of the numbers," the prime minister told reporters after the UPA meeting here.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters: "The UPA is firmly united and all constituents said they are behind the government on any debate in the parliament." According to the minister, the larger sense at the all party meet on the issue on Monday was for a debate and not for a vote. "I will consult the Speaker on the issue," he said.
The parliamentary affairs minister added that the government was not averse to a debate under any rule but it was for the speaker to decide. "The government is not averse to discussion under any rule. We are not concerned about voting," Kamal Nath said after the one-and-a-half hour meeting in the parliament library building.
"Majority favoured debate under any rule. I will apprise (the) speaker. Let her decide," Kamal Nath said. The opposition BJP and the Left want a discussion on the issue with voting to prove that the government does not have majority support in the house.
Top BJP leaders courted arrest in Patna on June 18 during a bandh to protest against the JD(U)'s decision to end their 17-year alliance with them. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shahnawaz Hussain and Sushil Kumar Modi were among the top BJP leaders who courted arrest.
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