FDI in Retail debate in Parliament next week

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 09:22 hrs

New Delhi: The government appears to have finally sued for peace with the BJP over the FDI in Retail issue. Reports indicate that a debate will be held in Parliament next week under a rule that entails voting.

The government, via spokesperson Kamal Nath, gave a statement after a meeting with the Leaders of the Opposition - Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj, indicating that they wanted both Houses to function.

Mr Nath said that the presiding officers, i.e. the Speakers of both Houses, should take "any decision" to ensure the running of Parliament.

The BJP, which gave a statement immediately after the Government, reaffirmed that they would want the debate held under Rule 184, which allows for voting.

Spokesperson Sushma Swaraj added, "Why is the government not agreeing to debate under Rule 184 now that it is sure of its numbers? Even if the government loses the vote, only FDI will go and not the government,"

Sources said the debate with voting could be held on any two days beginning Monday.

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