Unsure govt disrupting Rajya Sabha: Jaitley

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 14:13 hrs

New Delhi: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and its supporters are disrupting the proceedings of the upper house (RS) because the government is unsure of their numbers over the voting on the FDI in retail issue in the House.

"From the very first day the Parliament session began, the government does not seem serious in going about with business seriously in Rajya Sabha," Jaitley told reporters, adding that they are either themselves or through their supporters outside the government stalling the house.

On Wednesday Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) disrupted the Rajya Sabha proceedings over the issues of construction of a memorial for Ambedkar and quota in promotion for SC/ST in government jobs.

The Upper House was later adjourned for the day. Both parties support the UPA from outside.

"The first few days were wasted because the government said it did not want a vote (on FDI). The government is unsure of numbers in the upper house. After few days the government agreed for vote, but both the government and its supporters and outside supporters, are disrupting the House every morning," said Jaitley.

"Not a single member of the Opposition disturbed the House. We are waiting every morning so that scheduled business can commence, but the government members and supporters move toward the well and disrupt the House," he alleged.

"The government is unsure which way the Rajya Sabha votes [on FDI] and so it is not serious," he said.

While the Lok Sabha will vote on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail on Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha, where the government is short of adequate numbers on their own, will debate the FDI issue under Rule 168, which entails voting, on Dec 6 and 7.

The support of Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) of Mulayam Singh Yadav are crucial for the government in Rajya Sabha to win the FDI vote.

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