Government, Opposition deadlocked over FDI debate
As a stormy session of the winter session of Parliament is about to start on Thursday, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the Opposition are deadlocked over the rule under which the debate on the contentious issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) could take place.
While the Trinamool Congress has planned to table a no confidence motion against the government despite having only 19 MPs, the Opposition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants the debate on FDI under Rule 184 of the Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha. Rule 184 ensures a vote after debate.
"We want the debate under Rule 184," said Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.
The government is opposed to it.
"This is not the way, let us arrive at convergence," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
"We are willing to discuss anything, the rules. Today is the first day of winter session, let no party conduct as if it is the last day. It should not appear to the people of this country that we are behaving irresponsibly," Nath said.
"We have to see the tradition. We cannot say we want under this rule. This is not being reasonable," he said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he is ready to discuss all issues on the floor of the house.