BJP says Winter Session functioning depends on UPA's stand
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday stated that the functioning of Parliament during this Winter Session will depend on the government's approach over opposition's stand to hold a discussion under Rule 184 which entails a vote on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector.
Alleging that the government is misguiding the Parliament and the country, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said: "UPA has promised to make a consensus among the political parties in the both houses of Parliament before introducing FDI. Now the ministers are arguing that government can take such steps by executive order and there is no need for consensus."
"We will raise the issue forcefully, not only the opposition, but ally partners of the government also want a discussion following voting on FDI," said Hussain.
"So, we request the government not to waste time and without any further argument accept our demand to hold a debate under rule 184," he added.
The BJP is in belligerent mood as the Winter Session begins today, and the UPA government is making all efforts to ensure that the required numbers in the Lok Sabha if there is a vote.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made an appeal to all the political parties for cooperation and said that the government is ready to debate and discussion on any issue on the floor of both the houses.