Stormy start of Winter Session, Lok Sabha Speaker rejects TMC's no-confidence motion
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejected the Trinamool Congress (TMC)'s no-confidence motion against the UPA government amid stormy start of the Winter Session over government decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail sector.
Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee handed over the no-confidence motion to Lok Sabha Speaker on the first day of the winter session, but the motion failed to support form the minimum numbers of the members required.
Soon after the commencement of proceedings in both the houses, opposition firmly insisted for a debate on the issue of under Rule 184, which entails a vote.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the proceedings till 12pm following the chaos minutes after the Parliament paid obituaries to departed leaders, including KC Pant and Bal Thackeray.
In the Lok Sabha, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members rushed towards Speaker Meira Kumar's podium protesting the law and order in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena demanded the adjournment of Parliament as a mark of respect to departed party patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray, who passed away November 17.
Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), the second largest party in UPA, has also kept the government on tenterhooks declaring its opposition to FDI policy but I is not certain what step it will take in the event of voting under Rule 184.
The Congress-led UPA Government, however, indicated its unwillingness for a debate under the rule that entails voting on any issue including FDI in retail.