FDI vote on cards, says Speaker

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 12:23 hrs

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar announced on Thursday that a discussion, followed by voting on FDI, will take place.

The date and time of the voting would be announced later.

Earlier in the day, parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday morning to discuss the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail.

On Wednesday, Nath met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley in order to discuss the modalities of a vote on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Nath said the government wanted both the Houses of the Parliament to function.

"We want that both Houses of Parliament should function...Today, I met with BJP leaders," Nath said.

"We are not averse to 184. But the decision has to be taken by the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker," he said.

After the meeting, Swaraj told reporters: "The government asked us once again not to press for rule 184. However, we insisted on a discussion with voting."

She said: "The Opposition is sticking to its demand that a discussion on FDI in retail should take place under rule that entails voting."

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