NDA wants vote on FDI in retail in House TNN Nov 21, 2012, 03.24AM IST NEW DELHI: The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Tuesday decided to focus on moving a motion in Parliament under a voting provision to oppose FDI in multi-brand retail, leaving Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee isolated over her no-trust vote proposal. Banerjee was on the brink of a major embarrassment as NDA joined the Left in formally indicating that it finds opposing the government on FDI a much more paying proposition than a no-confidence motion as it would result in a strong coalition of BJP, Left and regional parties. NDA wants vote on FDI in retail in House - Times Of India **************************************** An interesting situation has arisen I was listening to the TimesNow debate. It appears from Mr Chacko (Congress rep) that he was confident that Congress had the numbers to make mince meat of the No Confidence motion. So, it appears that it was a non starter since the Congress could not care less. Further, as one can glean from the debates on various channels over the last few days, it appears that no political party is really geared up for an election and hence bringing down the Govt would not be in the interest of any one of them. As Chacko said that the demand of the Opposition is basically to embarrass the Govt. It does mean that the Congress is well aware that the majority of political parties are against the FDI. Now, if one takes the Parliament to be the voice of the people, then it means that the majority of the Nation is against the FDI. If that be so, how can the Govt of the day, go against the will of the people as represented by the numbers in the Parliament? That apart, I think that discussion and debates in Parliament without a vote reduces the Parliament into a Debating Club and a forum with polluted hot air of no consequence. Is that what is called democracy and the will of the people being vested in the representative we vote in to the Parliament. Why waste the Nation's money in having chaps who only debate? If debate alone is what the Parliament stands for, we might as well have debating clubs all over the country where the people can go and have their heart full with a lot of hot air of no consequence. I wonder why there should not be a vote after each discussion so that we know where our elected representatives stand and if they deserve our vote the next time around. Parliament is not an English public school teaching elocution and debate.