Parliament logjam continues over FDI in retail
Both Houses of Parliament have been adjourned till noon after there was uproar over differences on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gave a notice for suspension of Question Hour to discuss FDI in multi-brand retail.
Meanwhile, the Congress-led UPA Government has convened an all-party meeting here today to discuss the ongoing deadlock in Parliament over FDI in multi-brand retail.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has convened today's meeting, which is scheduled to take place at around 1 p.m. This meeting comes at a time when the first two days of the Winter Session last week saw Parliament being paralysed on the issue.
Many parties in the Opposition have remained adamant on discussion under a rule that entails voting under Rule 184.
The Central Government has taken the stand that it will not force the DMK in Chennai or any other state government on implementation of FDI in the retail sector.
According to reports, the DMK, which is the second-largest party in the UPA after the Congress, is worried that supporting the decision even tacitly would affect its vote bank.
The DMK has 18 Lok Sabha MPs, which is vital to the Central Government.