FDI vote: Govt to meet BJP leaders
Parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath will meet BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley on Wednesday to discuss the modalities of a vote on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, said reports.
The Opposition has not allowed Parliament to function since the beginning of the winter session over this issue.
After the DMK assured support to the UPA in case voting took place, the government has indicated that it is ready for a vote in Parliament on this issue.
On record, the government says it will abide by the Lok Sabha Speaker's decision on whether a vote will follow a discussion in the House on FDI.
After Tuesday's meeting, Kamal Nath told reporters: "The UPA is united on FDI. The UPA allies are firmly behind FDI in retail."
"The government is not averse to discussion under any rule. We are not concerned about vote but we are ready for a vote on FDI in Parliament," he said.
The all-party meeting called by the government on Monday to break the logjam in Parliament over the FDI failed to reach a consensus.
Speaking on that, Nath said: "Sense of the all-party meet was majority favoured debate under any rule. I will apprise the Lok Sabha Speaker (Meira Kumar), let her decide."