Parliament adjourned as uproar over FDI issue continues

Agencies Posted: Nov 26, 2012 at 1201 hrs
New Delhi The storm over FDI in retail rocked Parliament for the third day in a row with a determined Opposition adamant on a discussion on the issue under a rule that entails voting.

While Lok Sabha could not transact any official business because of uproar over FDI issue, the Upper House was stalled by UPA ally Samajwadi Party over the issue of reservation for SCs/STs in government job promotions.

The two Houses earlier paid homage to those killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike on its fourth anniversary today.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned at around noon for the day as the House witnessed pandemonium over FDI. The House earlier witnessed one adjournment till noon.

Similar was the case with Rajya Sabha, which was also adjourned around the same time after ruckus created by SP members over the reservation issue.

All the while, BJP members were on their feet raising slogans on the FDI issue.

Members of Trinamool Congress, DMK, AIADMK, TDP and CPI also stormed the Well in the Lok Sabha for different reasons, with Trinamool members demanding withdrawal of decision on FDI in retail and making a strong plea for 24 LPG cylinders a year on subsidised rates as against six available now.

Trinamool members chanted "2G mein akaash gaya, coal block mein pataal, dharti gaya Dubai mein, ab jayega bhrasht sarkaar" - loosely meaning that the alleged scams involving 2G, coal blocks and land allocation would culminate in the ouster of the corrupt government.

Ramesh Rathod (TDP) raised a placard demanding a bill for separate Telangana in the current session.

With DMK giving notice for discussion in Lok Sabha on the 2G spectrum issue, its MPs were in the Well raising copies of newspaper clippings on statements made by former CAG official R P Singh.

Members of the four Left parties were on their feet protesting FDI in multi-brand retail, with RSP's Prasanta Majumdar insisting that there should be discussion on the issue under a rule that entails voting.

BJP members also shouted slogans like "take back the FDI decision".

Amid din, HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju introduced a bill to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009.

In the Rajya Sabha, soon after the House paid homage to the victims of Mumbai attacks, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu raised the issue of FDI and was joined by other party colleagues.

Naidu said his party has given notice to suspend the Question Hour to discuss the FDI issue.

BSP and SP members too raised slogans against FDI in multi-brand retail. BSP demanded the decision be taken back. Trinamool members were also on their feet.

As repeated appeals for normalcy went unheeded, Chairman Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till noon.

When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed and E M S Natchiappan, who was in the Chair, adjourned it for the day.

Logjam on FDI issue in Par: Govt holds all-party meet

In a bid to end the deadlock in Parliament over the FDI in retail issue, government today held an all-party meeting to find a way out amid Opposition demand for a discussion on it under the rules which entail voting.

With the Opposition disrupting Parliament for the third consecutive day today and earlier efforts by the government not succeeding, the all-party meeting was held to end the impasse. The government has maintained that it is ready to discuss the FDI in retail issue but does not want it to be put to vote.

The meeting, held in Parliament House, was chaired by Leader of the Lok Sabha Sushilkumar Shinde and attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Sources said the government has reached out to its outside supporters SP and BSP to muster the required numbers. SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav held a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the all-party meeting where the FDI issue is understood to have come up for discussion.

Union Ministers have also been in touch with BSP leadership on the issue. BSP is pressing for passage of the reservation in promotion for SC/ST bill in Rajya Sabha, the sources said.

Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had met UPA ally DMK's Chief M Karunanidhi yesterday in Chennai to discuss the FDI issue. DMK has opposed the decision.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley, NDA Working Chairperson L K Advani, JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, Reoti Raman Singh and Naresh Agrawal (both SP), T R Baalu (DMK), BSP leader Mayawati, her party colleague Satish Chandra Mishra, Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) and Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD) were among those present.

Leaders of other parties, including from TDP, RJD, NC, RLD, SAD were also present.