RS adjourned for day; LS till 2 pm

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 18:05 hrs

Both Houses of the Parliament were adjourned on Thursday amid ruckus over issues including SC/ST quota and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Friday after an uproar over the SC/ST quota.

Earlier, the Upper House of the Parliament was adjourned till noon over the same issue.

According to reports, Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has called an all-party meeting on Thursday in order to resolve the deadlock on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail issue.

"We want parliament to function under any circumstances and I have told the Rajya Sabha Chairman that whatever decision he takes is acceptable for us including voting," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath was quoted as saying.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs protested against cap on subsidized LPG cylinder following which the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm.

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.

Thanking Kumar, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said: "We will let the House function."

Earlier in the day, Kamal Nath, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Swaraj met Kumar to discuss the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail.

On Wednesday, Nath met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders 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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