Govt. convenes all-party meet on FDI in retail today

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 05:44 hrs
Both houses of Parliament adjourned till noon

New Delhi: The Congress-led UPA Government has convened an all-party meeting here today to discuss the deadlock in Parliament over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has convened today's meeting, which is scheduled to take place at around 1 p.m. This meeting comes at a time when the first two days of the Winter Session last week saw Parliament being paralysed on the issue.

The Left and the Right have so far remained adamant on discussion under a rule that entails voting under Rule 184.

The Centre has, however, said that it will not force the DMK or any other state government on implementation of FDI in the retail sector.

According to reports, the DMK, which is the second-largest party in the UPA after the Congress, is worried that favouring it even tacitly would affect its vote bank.

The DMK adds 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the ruling government. 

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