A day after senior BJP leader L K Advani said that his party would demand a special session of Parliament to discuss FDI in retail sector, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal rejected it saying there is “no question” of convening a special session.
“Where is the question of a special session? Only the BJP is talking about it. No other party is demanding it. Their politics of bandh today has resulted in a burden (loss) of Rs 20,000 crore on the country’s economy,” Bansal said.
This came a day before Trinamool Congress ministers at the Centre are scheduled to tender their resignation. Justifying the government’s recent decisions regarding FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel price hike and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, Bansal said that it is “the beginning of change” and the economy will further improve.
“We had enough friends yesterday, we have enough friends today. So, I don’t think why you should doubt our stability,” Finance Minister P Chidambaram said. Asked if the government would look for new allies, he said, “If we can acquire new friends, why would we not?”
“We have the support of over 300 members of Parliament who do realise that these are difficult times and know that hard decisions need to be taken,” said I&B Minister Ambika Soni.