Jammu: Asserting that voting and democracy co-exist and are not alien to each other, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley on Tuesday alleged that the Congress-led UPA Government is not interested in allowing the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament to continue.
Jaitley, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said the argument of the government that there must be a debate without vote on FDI in retail has absolutely no basis.
"There are voting provisions in the regulations for conduct of both houses of Parliament and therefore those regulations are not futile, they were not enacted without a purpose. The whole essence of democracy is voting, the will of the people, the will of the sovereign. And for the government to contend that the issue must be talked out, but never voted upon is without any basis," said Jaitley.
"Voting and democracy co-exist, they are not alien to each other. By raising such an unreasonable and unacceptable argument, the government is showing its intention that it doesn't want this session of Parliament to continue," he added.
The BJP is firm on its demand for a discussion and voting on FDI in retail in Parliament
Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier in the day said there should be a debate as well as voting.
"Parliament cannot be a debating society alone. The debate has to be followed by accountability. When there is no agreement, the House has to decide it. It is a larger issue; even the allies are opposing it. And the government was reduced to minority at the time they took this decision. They have betrayed the Parliament. Now, they are going against the assurance given to Parliament; that's why we have given a notice for suspension of Question Hour," Naidu told ANI in New Delhi.
"We want discussion and we want voting also so that the entire country knows about it. We are not making it a prestige issue, it is in the larger interest of the country," he added.
The deadlock on Parliament over FDI in retail continued yet again today with the Lok Sabha being adjourned till 2 p.m. and the Rajya Sabha being adjourned till tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the UPA Coordination Committee is meeting in New Delhi to discuss the provision of voting on the issue of FDI in retail.
Today's meeting assumes significance as it comes a day after the all-party meeting convened by the government to resolve the continuing deadlock in Parliament remained inconclusive.
Many parties in the Opposition have remained adamant on discussion under a rule that entails voting under Rule 184. (ANI)