FDI battle: Parliament adjourned till noon

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 06:30 hrs

Both Houses of Parliament were today adjourned till noon after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led opposition created ruckus demanding discussion and voting on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is firm on its demand for a discussion and voting on FDI in retail in Parliament, earlier gave a notice for suspension of Question Hour.

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 then the government was reduced to minority at that time when 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.

"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 in Parliament on the issue of FDI in retail continues, as the all-party meeting convened by the government on Monday remained inconclusive.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj after the all-party meeting yesterday said that her party would not compromise at any cost.

"We out forward our views very clearly that we want discussion with voting. We want that the discussion should take place as per the rules, 184 in Lok Sabha and 167 in Rajya Sabha. So, we asked them that a discussion should be held," said Swaraj.

"We said that they have violated all that they had assured to us and so it is very necessary to express our views in Parliament and that can be done only through voting. So, 184 in the Lok Sabha and 167 in the Rajya Sabha," she added.

Parliament also witnessed uproar over FDI issue earlier on Monday with opposition members shouting slogans during Question Hour leading to adjournment of both Houses till today.

Many parties in the Opposition have remained adamant on discussion on FDI in retail under a rule that entails voting under Rule 184. (ANI)

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