FDI: Azad meets Karunanidhi
Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi on Sunday in an attempt to woo the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's key ally on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail issue, media reports said.
The DMK is the largest ally of the UPA with 18 MPs after Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) withdrew its support over the recent economic reforms.
Meanwhile, the Winter Session of the Parliament that started on Thursday witnessed continuous disruptions on the first two days as opposition parties created ruckus on the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail.
On Friday, the Parliament witnessed repeated disruptions with both the Houses being adjourned till Monday amid ruckus by opposition leaders over issues including the FDI in multi-brand retail.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Thursday rejected the no-confidence motion moved by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on the decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
The TMC moved the motion against the government despite having only 19 MPs. It was rejected as the TMC could not gain the support of 50 MPs.
Mamata said that after her split with the UPA, the government has become a minority and is in no position to move the FDI in multi-brand retail.
The TMC chief has been reaching out to several parties, including arch-rivals Left, for supporting her no-confidence motion.
However, no party was explicit in its support for Mamata and did not promise to back the TMC on the issue.