The storm over the issue of FDI in retail refused to subside with the matter, along with quota in promotions for SCs and STs, paralysing proceedings in Parliament for the second day today.
With Trinamool Congress members trooping into the Well, the Left and the Right also made a common cause in Lok Sabha against the government’s decision on allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail.
The move has also seen fissures in the Opposition camp, with the SP and BSP maintaining ambivalent position on the issue amid Opposition suggestions that they were helping the government. An all-party meeting has been convened by the government on Monday to break the deadlock. The Lower House was adjourned for the day without transacting any business. It witnessed an adjournment soon after it met.
Left party members were in the aisle joining those from the BJP and other parties in raising slogans against the decision. Left MPs were also seen waving CPI (M) pamphlets on the repercussions of allowing FDI in retail. The House was adjourned for the day within five minutes past noon after laying of papers.
Earlier, soon after Lok Sabha assembled, prime minister Manmohan Singh introduced new members into his Council of Ministers.
The Rajya Sabha was dominated by protests by BSP and SP members who demanded a bill to provide for reservations to SCs and STs in promotions in government jobs.
FM seeks Opposition’s support on financial Bills
New Delhi : Finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday met leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley, to discuss the passage of some crucial financial Bills in the ongoing Parliament session, which is facing a deadlock on the issue of FDI in retail.
Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath had earlier said that the government has listed 25 Bills for passage and 10 more for introduction in the Winter Session of Parliament.