11: 50 am: BJP vows to expose the government and alleges that the floor management in Parliament done by CBI and not the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.
11: 32 am: The Rajya Sabha is adjourned till noon. The Bahujan Samaj Party created a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha demanding that the promotions quota bill for SC/ST be passed before any other business is taken up.
11: 30 am: Nine Telangana ministers boycott a meeting with Kamal Nath ahead of the FDI debate. It is unclear whether they will cast their vote or abstain. The ministers are upset at the Telangana issue being ignored the by the government.
11: 22 am: How they stand in Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha
The Lok Sabha has 544 members. The half-way mark, which is what the government needs to win the FDI vote, is 272.
Congress (206) + DMK (18) + Others (30) + RJD (4) + JDS (3) = 261
NDA (152) + Left (24) + TMC (19) = 195
SP (22) + BSP(21) = 43
Because of the abstentions, the total strength reduces to 501 and the halfway mark comes down to 251.
House strength: 244
Halfway mark: 122
UPA 90 + RJD 2 + Nominated 10 = 102
UPA short by 20
NDA (66) + LEFT (14) + TMC (9) + ADMK 7 + BJD 5 = 101
Opposition short by 21
UPA outside support
BSP (15) + SP (9) = 24
If this group votes for FDI, the 'for FDI' number goes up to 126. If this group votes against FDI, the against FDI number goes up to 125. But if this group abstains House strength comes down to 220 and the halfway mark becomes: 110.
For FDI = 102 (short by 8)
Against FDI = 101 (short by 7)
11: 20 am: TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said the party will vote against FDI in Parliament.
11: 15 am: CNN IBN editor Rajdeep Sardesai tweets that both the SP and BSP will not vote. @sardesairajdeep
Buzz of the day: UPA 'deal' with Maya-Mulayam through. Both will abstain from FDI vote.
11 am: FDI debate on both the Houses of Parliament will begin at 2pm.
10: 45 am: Kamal Nath said he is confident BJP's motion against FDI will be rejected in both Houses of Parliament.
10: 30 am: "We are confident of the numbers," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said ahead of the debate which will take place in the Lok Sabha under section 184. He claims that passing the vote in one of the Parliament's houses is enough as per the rules. "But if it is required, we will pass it in both the houses," he said.
10 am: Although he had disapproved of FDI, television reports say Mulayam Singh might vote in favour of it.
9:30 am: Not wanting to aide the Opposition, reports say Mamata Banerjee's TMC may abstain from voting. Samajwadi Party had also hinted that they may abstain from voting if they don't reach an agreement with the government.
To end a deadlock that has paralysed the functioning of both the houses of Parliament, the government bowed to intense Opposition pressure and agreed to a vote on its decision to allow foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail in the country.
The UPA government said it was confident of its numbers in the Lok Sabha, a day ahead of the crucial debate - with voting - in the house on FDI in retail and urged all parties to reject the politics behind the issue.
While the debate in the Lok Sabha will be held under Rule 184, in the Rajya Sabha it will be held under Rule 168 - both entailing vote, said government sources.
Though the government is now confident of sailing through in the Lower House, it does not have the required numbers in the Upper House.
The role of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, which support the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government from the outside, would be crucial in the Rajya Sabha.
Of the total 245 members in the Rajya Sabha, the UPA has a numerical strength of 90. With 27 outside supporters from the BSP, SP, Lok Janshakti Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the government tally stands at 117 as against the magical 123-figure for majority.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left parties have already made their stance on FDI in retail clear: they will vote against the government on this issue.
The opposition claims the support of 110 members. Besides, there are seven independents, five members from smaller parties and 10 nominated.
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