The BJP Parliamentary Party met today for its weekly meeting to discuss its strategy in both Houses.
"Government has not kept its assurance to Parliament that the decision on FDI will be taken only after discussing the issue with all stakeholders. The sense of the House on the issue can be known only through voting. So, the government should give up its adamant attitude," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
He maintained that the government is responsible for Parliament not functioning as it is not agreeing to voting and discussion on the FDI issue.
"Government should not show arrogance of power and agree to the opposition demand. BJP and NDA are not ready for anything less than voting and discussion. We want a debate only under Rule 184," Hussain said.
Party leaders indicated that BJP and its allies will not allow Parliament to function till the government accedes to its demand.
The Parliamentary Party also discussed the accusations of bribe being sought from Walmart for allowing it to set up shop here.
Another issue discussed was the pollution of Ganga River and the need to highlight it. As part of the "Aviral Ganga" project, BJP MPs from the regions through which the river flows have been asked to mobilise people to form a human chain on December 2.
There seems something fishy for Congress and BJP. If there is a clear division and Congress has the numbers why is it fighting tooth and nail on Voting under Rule 184? If BJP wants discussion why it is not allowing functioning of Parliament? Does BJP want to embarass the Government on FDI? Is BJP worried that congress will not allow meaningful discussion and changes in the proposed FDI Bill? Who is playing the game? Let the Speaker/Chairman take a bold step and suspend the agitating members whether on FDI or other issues? Otherwise the Winter session must be adjouned sine die? We cannot waste Public money on this Tamasha, which is going on for the last 4days.