Govt open to discuss FDI: Kamal Nath

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 08:59 hrs

New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Monday said the government is ready to discuss the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.

"Government is open for a discussion on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail," Nath told reporters.

"However, the primary concern is that the house must be allowed to function," he said.

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned for the day on Monday as the Opposition continued to create uproarious scenes over the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail.

The Parliament could not function since the beginning of the Winter Session last week because of sustained protests by the Opposition in both Houses over the same issue.

The government has called an all-party meeting on Monday to break the logjam in Parliament.

The Opposition demands a vote on the issue under rule 184, which entails voting. The government is opposed to it.

Reports citing sources said at the Monday meeting, the government may agree to the voting if it was sure of a win.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left are expected to vote against the government if a voting takes place.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will vote against it in the wake of its bid to move a no-confidence motion against the government.

On Sunday, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's met with DMK chief M Karunanidhi to bring the UPA ally on board on FDI, but failed to make any headway.

"Karunanidhi has lots of reservations on FDI in retail. He has sought another round of meeting with UPA allies on the issue," Azad said after the meeting.

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