Winter session: Parliament adjourned till tomorrow over FDI
With the FDI tussle on in full swing, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 12 pm.
The political storm over FDI in retail gathered momentum today paralysing proceedings in
Parliament for the second day amid vociferous demands to withdraw the controversial decision.
Both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha could not transact any business and witnessed uproar over the FDI issue, leading to their adjournment till tomorrow.
Members of several parties, including Trinamool Congress, a UPA constituent, stormed the Well in Lok Sabha opposing the decision on FDI and on other issues. Left members were also in the Well as BJP members showed posters on the FDI issue.
The two Houses were rocked on Friday too, a day after government decided to allow 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail.
With several other issues including price rise, separate Telangana and safety of Mullaperiyar dam raising the political temperature, proceedings of Parliament remained a virtual washout since the Winter session began last Tuesday.
Some Congress members from Kerala were seen in the Well on the Mullaperiyar issue, while TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao and some other members from Telangana were pressing demand for a separate state.
It was a placards galore in the Lower House with members carrying posters 'Don't allow FDI in retail', 'Bring separate Telangana Bill' and 'Mullaperiyar Dam in danger: Save 30 lakh people in Kerala'.
The uproar continued despite Deputy Speaker Karia Munda informing Lok Sabha that "all the notices of adjournment motion on FDI in retail sector are under consideration of the Speaker. She will take a decision in due course."
Murli Manohar Joshi (BJP) and CPI-M leader Basudeb Acharia had given notices of adjournment motion on the FDI issue in the Lower House.
Barring Shiromani Akali Dal, other Opposition parties are opposing the FDI move.
While BJP has announced that it would not allow foreign MNCs to set shop in states ruled by it, BSP chief and UP Chief Minister Mayawati, AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are also opposed to the FDI move.
In the Rajya Sabha, the entire opposition and Trinamool Congress members were on their feet against the Government's decision when it reassembled at noon.
Immediately after Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan took his seat, BSP members were on their feet, raising slogans like "FDI wapas lo (withdraw FDI)". They were supported by BJP, BSP, JD(U), AIADMK and AGP. Trinamool Congress members also stood up to demand withdrawal of the FDI decision.
Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley, whose party BJP had moved a motion for adjournment of the Question Hour on the issue, again made an attempt to speak but could not do so. As the din continued, Khan adjourned the House for the day.
Earlier, when the Upper House met for the day, BSP, JD-U, AIADMK and SP members raised slogans against the FDI decision soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat. Left MPs from Kerala moved into the Well holding banners on the safety of Mullaperiyar dam in the state.
The Chairman's appeals to members not to raise banners or to withdraw from the Well went unheeded, forcing him to adjourn the House till noon. The same scene prevailed when the House reassembled, forcing adjournment of the House for the day.
11.30 am update
Soon after Lok Sabha paid homage to the victims of the November 2008 Mumbai carnage, important UPA allies like Trinamool Congress and DMK backed by the Opposition demanded an adjournment to discuss the Cabinet decision of 51 percent FDI in the retail sector.
With the government in no mood to give in despite the pressure from allies leave alone the Opposition, the atmosphere of confrontation and paralysis continues in the Parliament.
Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the Lower House till 12 pm as members gathered in the well protesting the recent Cabinet decision.
There are reports that senior Cabinet ministers AK Antony, Jairam Ramesh and Virbhadra Singh are against the decision which the government gave a go-ahead despite the protest.
Parliament has failed to conduct any business in the six sittings it has had in the ongoing Winter session owing to differences of opinion between the treasury benches and Opposition.
Important bills like Lokpal Bill, Judiciary Accountability Bill and others are important legislations that the government hopes to pass in this session. Before the start of the session, there were 54 bills to be passed in 21 days.
The Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned till noon.
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