West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Photo: Bloomberg

After all, if the 18 Lok Sabha members who belong to Banerjee’s party were to look favourably upon the move to allow overseas companies to invest up to 51% in multi-brand retail, it would mean Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government would have something to show on the reform front. There, however, is no guarantee that special packages should always lead to special resolutions.

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