FDI in retail: BJP gives notice for suspension of Question Hour

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 05:50 hrs

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

Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu today 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.

Meanwhile, the UPA Coordination Committee is meeting here today to discuss the provision of voting on the issue of FDI in retail.

The Centre, which has taken the stand that it will not force the DMK in Chennai or any other state government on implementation of FDI in the retail sector, is trying to persuade Karunanidhi's party to support the government on the issue.

The DMK, which is the second-largest party in the UPA after the Congress, is worried that supporting the decision even tacitly might affect its vote bank. The DMK has 18 Lok Sabha MPs, which is vital to the Central Government.

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

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