Parliament live: Govt calls all party meet amid uproar

4.15 pm: Jaitley says FDI will reduce India's young to sales boys and sales girls

Clearly the BJP is not willing to bend on its stand on retail FDI, no matter how many diplomatic dinners the Prime Minister is willing to host. In a lengthy press briefing, opposition leader of the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley hit out at the government stand on FDI, saying that its unwillingness to put it to a vote was contrary to the democratic principles that the country was founded on.

2.45 pm: PM calls all party meet on FDI in retail

The government has called for an all party meet on Monday, after the first day of the winter session in Parliament spectacularly flopped, with both houses adjourning for the day early. News of the meeting was communicated to the media by Sitaram Yechury who added that the house had clearly disapproved the introduction of 51% FDI in retail investment.

The only thing of note that happened in Parliament today, was that the much talked about no-confidence motion brought against the government by the TMC was not approved by the house, with only TMC and BJD MPs supporting it.

Although the agenda of the meet has not been revealed, it is highly likely that FDI will be the subject of discussion. The Prime Minister is hosting a dinner for opposition MPs today in an attempt to build consensus on the matter. However the BJP is adamant that the matter be put to a vote, despite the fact that FDI in retail was passed as an executive order.

"There is such a thing called executive despotism," said senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

2:00 pm: Minutes after reopening, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

MPs continued to shout slogans against the UPA government and within minutes the house was adjourned for the day.

The first day of the Winter sessions seems to have begun and ended on an all too familiar note. Only the source of the disruption seems to have changed.

12.36 pm: TMC no-confidence motion flops, Lok Sabha adjourned till 2pm

What a damp squib the much talked about no-confidence motion has turned out to be. Speaker Miera Kumar asked MPs in favour of the motion to stand up, and apart from four BJP members, no party except the TMC stood up. The angry members shouted at the opposition asking them to support the motion but to no avail.

Meanwhile leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj tried to make a point calling for a debate and vote on FDI in retail, but she was shouted down by MPs in the well of the house and the house was adjourned till 2pm.

Earlier the speaker said she had received motions for adjournment over FDI in retail and law and order in Uttar Pradesh. Motions of adjournment rejected.

12.30 pm: Mayawati drops bombshell, demands Presidents rule in UP

The Winter session of Parliament is just a few hours old, but we have already seen a no-confidence motion, sloganeering, a dharna near the Gandhi statue and an MP cycling to Parliament. And if that wasn't eventful enough, BSP supremo Mayawati has demanded President's rule in Uttar Pradesh, saying that it had turned into 'Crime Pradesh' and adding that they had not allowed the Rajya Sabha to function for this reason.

12.03 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12.30 pm, Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Parliament resumed, but  didn't last too long, given the unabated sloganeering and shouting in the house. Leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, tried to initiate a debate on retail FDI, but was shouted down by a group of TMC MPs who wanted the speaker to take up its no-confidence motion against the government, that was handed over to her earlier this morning.

Speaker Meira Kumar, who earlier said that the parties had assured her of their full cooperation to ensure that both houses ran smoothly, appealed for order again and again, saying that there was no way she could count 50 MPs to take up the no-confidence motion if there was no order in the house.

TMC, which was part of the Congress-led UPA till two months ago, has just 19 members while a no confidence motion requires support of at least 54 members, 10 per cent of the total strength of the Lower House.

The house was then adjourned for a further half hour.

Meanwhile the Rajya Sabha has given up entirely, with proceedings adjourned for the day.

11.20 pm: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari  included Bal Thackeray in his obituary listings, calling his death the loss of a charismatic personality for both Maharashtra and India. Political analysts say that this was probably the result of negotiation between the government and opposition.

However this has not been enough to save the very first session of Parliament, with both houses of Parliament suspended till noon over sloganeering from some members of the house.

Earlier the Left had called for the suspension of question hour as they wanted to discuss the issue of retail FDI. The BJP significantly, was not a part of the chanting, with Sushma Swaraj trying to set up the tone of a debate over retail FDI.

The opposition parties are saying that the introduction of retail FDI violated a promise made by then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who said that all parties would be taken on board before a decision was taken in that regard.

11.06 am: Winter session begins, BJP, Left move for suspension of question hour

The winter session has got underway and the Left and BJP have already moved for the suspension of question hour.

The beginning of the session was also marked by a series of new MPs being sworn into the house, including President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijeet.

Meanwhile latest media reports indicate that leader of the house in the Lok Sabha, Sushil Kumar Shinde, just may have convinced the DMK to vote against Mamata Banerjee's no-confidence motion. If this indeed proves to be the case, the motion is doomed even before its introduction.

11.01 am: TMC agitating outside Parliament as they dont have enough space for meetings

Oh dear. The TMC is really unhappy today. After handing over its no-confidence motion against the government to the speaker, the party proceeded to stage an agitation in front of the Gandhi statue saying that they don't have a Parliament party office within the House and dont have enough space to hold meetings.

10.30 am:  TMC hands over no-confidence motion to speaker

True to its word and unfazed by its seeming lack of numbers, the TMC has handed over a no-confidence motion against the ruling UPA regime to the speaker.

Party Chief Mamata Banerjee has directed all the party MPs, except Kabir Suman who is considered a rebel, to be present in the Lok Sabha.

The Trinamool Congress has 19 members in the Lok Sabha. Banerjee has remained adamant in moving the no-confidence motion despite being isolated by the opposition parties over it.

She had said yesterday that she has no hesitation in supporting even a no-trust motion moved by Left parties. ”If necessary, I am even prepared to go to the CPI-M state party headquarters in Alimuddin Street and talk to its secretary Biman Bose,” she had told reporters in Kolkata.

Government managers are confident of its numbers and feel that there was no threat to the stability of the coalition which still has 18 months left in office.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has ridiculed TMC plans of a no-confidence motion, saying that he was seeing for the first time in his 32 years of Parliamentary career a 19-member party threatening the government with such a move.

And in a whimsical move that promises only interesting times ahead in this session, Tarun Vijay of the BJP came riding to Parliament on a bicycle:

10:15 am : How the BJP can take on the government over FDI in retail

Here's  our guide to what the Opposition can do in order to take on the government over passing legislation allowing FDI in retail.

Of course, this applies only if they choose not to shout down proceedings again and prevent Parliament for working. That worked out pretty well for the BJP in the last session.

Meanwhile significantly, the Samajawadi Party which is being seen as an outside supporter of the UPA government, reiterated that it would not support retail FDI in any vote on the matter.

And although FDI in retail is likely to be the star of the session, the Parliament is scheduled to consider and pass 25 bills, including the Companies Bill 2011, The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 2011 as well as introduce 10 new bills including one pertaining to the 'indecent representation of women'.

A full list can be seen below:

Bills WinterSession

10:00 am: PM appeals for all parties to work together for economic growth

In his customary address before the start of a session of Parliament the Prime Minister has appealed for all parties to work together in the upcoming session of Parliament, especially on economic issues. If he's hoping for some leeway over FDI in retail, it's unlikely the UPA government will get any though.

"Our Parliament has a very heavy Legislative agenda during the Winter Session. I seek cooperation from all my colleagues in the two houses to come together to address the issues and challenges we face as a nation...We all have an obligation, in Opposition as well as in Government, to work together to enable our parliamentary democracy," Manmohan Singh said.

Singh said that the country faced multiple economic challenges due to the global economic slowdown.

"We need to create new jobs on a large enough scale to provide gainful employment to our youth...We need to increase investments in infrastructure sectors and social services like health and education to accelerate economic growth," he said.

The Prime Minister said the government was committed to these tasks but the success of its programmes required "cohesive collective action" from all sections of the polity.

"I invite all political parties to join hands in this vital national endeavour," he said.

9.45 am: Meira Kumar says parties have assured her of cooperation

Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, who probably still has nightmares about the monsoon session debacle, which was marked more by enterprising sloganeering than anything else, has said all parties have assured her of their full cooperation. "I met all the party leaders and they assured me of their full cooperation to ensure Parliament runs smoothly", an optimistic Meira Kumar told reporters.

Be as it may however, the Parliament is set for a stormy session, especially given TMC leader Mamata Banerjee's tenacity in asking for a no-confidence motion against the government over the issue of retail FDI.

Party sources said the motion would be tabled just before the sitting on the first day of the session of the House. Party Chief Mamata Banerjee has directed all the party MPs, except Kabir Suman who is considered a rebel, to be present in the Lok Sabha tomorrow, sources said.

DMK, the second largest party in UPA with 18 MPs, has also kept the government on tenterhooks declaring its opposition to FDI policy but it was not known how the party would vote in the event of a voting either on a no-confidence motion or a resolution under Rule 184.

Congress has said it has no problem with any no-confidence motion. The party, however, indicated its unwillingness for a debate under a rule that entails voting on any issue including FDI in retail.

9.30 am: Shiv Sena wants Parliament adjourned as a mark of respect for Bal Thackeray

Shiv Sena MP Anant Geete has requested Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the house today as a mark of respect to departed party chief Bal Thackeray, who passed away on 17 November.

“I made the appeal to the speaker and to all the party leaders,” Geete told IANS, after the all-party meet called by the Speaker to chalk out the agenda for the winter session of parliament.

Geete said he would meet Meira Kumar this morning once more in this regard. The party has 11 seats in Parliament.

9.25 am: Mamata determined to go ahead with no-confidence motion

The Winter Session of Parliament which will get underway today, is expected to generate a lot of heat over the issue of FDI in retail with friend-turned-foe Trinamool Congress even threatening to move a no-confidence motion against the government.

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While indications are that fiery Mamata Banerjee‘s Trinamool Congress (TMC) is unlikely to get many backers for the no-trust move, the Left and the Right are talking of a resolution on the FDI issue under a rule which entails voting.

The NDA has decided to bring a motion that entails voting against the decision on FDI in retail but has kept open its options on a no-confidence motion.

TMC, which was part of the Congress-led UPA till two months back, has just 19 members while a no confidence motion requires support of at least 54 members, 10 per cent of the total strength of the Lower House.

Government managers are confident of its numbers and feel that there was no threat to the stability of the coalition which still has 18 months left in office.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has ridiculed TMC plans of a no-confidence motion, saying that he was seeing for the first time in his 32 years of Parliamentary career a 19-member party threatening the government with such a move.

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