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Posted on Nov 22, 02:37PM | IBNS
The winter session of Parliament began with a ruckus in the House here on Thursday.
The session promises to be a stormy one with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress about to move a no-confidence motion against the government over FDI in multi-brand retail.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he was ready to discuss all issues and sough cooperation of the Opposition in tiding over economic hardship arising out of global situation.
Requesting cooperation from colleagues from both houses the PM before entering the Parliament said: "We are ready to discuss all issues on the floor of both houses."
He reminded the MPs of the economic situation and the fallout of global financial turmoil.
"We need to create new jobs, provide healthy environment for investment. Our country faces many economic problems arising from global economic problems," he said.
"Our Parliament has a very heavy Legislative agenda during the Winter Session. I seek cooperation from my colleagues in the House," he said.
"We need to create new jobs on a large enough scale to provide gainful employment to our youth," he said.
"Our country faces many problems on the economic front arising out of the consequences of global economic slowdown. We need to increase investments in infrastructure sectors and social services like health and education to accelerate economic growth," he said.
The PM said his government is committed to these tasks "but success thereof requires cohesive collective action on the part of all segments of our polity."
"We all have an obligation, in opposition as well as in government, to work together to enable our parliamentary democracy," he said, inviting all political parties to join hands in this vital national endeavour.
Meanwhile, 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.