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SP not to support BJP on demand for FDI discussion

Last updated on: November 22, 2012 17:06 IST

Maintaining that it was opposed to FDI in retail, the Samajwadi Party on Thursday made it clear it was not keen to 'piggyback' on the Bharatiya Janata Party over its demand for discussion on the issue under a rule that entails voting.

"We are not for piggybacking on the BJP," SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters outside Parliament when asked about his party's response on BJP's stand on FDI in retail.

The BJP has demanded discussion on FDI in retail in Lok Sabha under Rule 184 which entails voting. Yadav, whose party is outside supporter of UPA, however stressed that the SP is very much against FDI.

"We are against FDI," he said. Asked under which rule they want discussion in the house

on the issue, Yadav said "We want discussion but it does not depend upon our wish. It is the discretion of the Lok Sabha speaker. If she allows under rule 184 then discussion will be under rule 184. If she does not then it will under rule 193."

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