New Delhi, Nov 28: At a time when political analysts are predicting a complete washout of winter session of Parliament over FDI issue, the latest position of DMK has changed the entire debate in favour of Congress-led UPA government.
It seems the stalemate over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail issue might end in Parliament. Sources say both the Opposition BJP and the government are likely to hold a discussion on FDI after which the motion will be put to vote in both the Houses on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
On Wednesday, Nov 28 Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath met Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley. Sources say the leaders decided that Parliament should function and the discussion on FDI would be put to vote.
Now the question is why the government has suddenly changed its mind in regard to vote on FDI?
In a huge relief to UPA, DMK decided to back the UPA government in Parliament on FDI. The party has decided on this course with "bitterness" so that communal forces do not take advantage of the situation and come to power, DMK Chief M Karunanidhi said.
"One should not forget the situation of the UPA government falling if a discussion and voting takes place under rule 184 in Parliament accepting the demand of BJP and some other parties," he said.
DMK's decision comes two days after Congress emissary Ghulam Nabi Azad met Karunanidhi to take the second largest UPA constituent on board.
The government's edge in the numbers game was evident at the all-party meeting called by parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath on Monday to discuss a resolution of the standoff in Parliament, with UPA partner DMK as well as outside supporters SP and BSP making it plain yet again that they won't ditch the government in any tussle with the opposition.