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Kamal Nath meets Sushma, Jaitley; discussion on FDI likely next week

Posted on Nov 28, 08:34PM | UNI

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath today met BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley in an attempt to end the stalemate in Parliament over FDI in multi-brand retail.

The meeting comes a day after the Government, which had so far been hesitating to agree to the discussion on the issue in the Lok Sabha that entailed voting, yesterday brought its allies on board to declare that it had sufficient numbers to face the debate.

The Parliamentary Affairs minister also had a meeting with Speaker Meira Kumar earlier in the day.

Ms Swaraj said the Opposition was firm on its demand that a discussion on FDI in retail should be under a rule that entailed voting.

The issue has caused disruption of Parliament proceedings in the ongoing winter session that started on November 22. Both the Houses have not been able to take up Question Hours, and the other business could also hardly be transacted.

While the Opposition NDA led by the BJP, and the Left have been adamant on voting on FDI, the Trinamool, which had just on the opening day of the session tried to bring in a no-confidence motion against the Government, had surprised everybody on Monday's all party meeting by saying that it did not care under which rule the discussion was held.

The Government also obtained the assurance of the DMK, also opposed to FDI, that it would not go against the Government in the eventuality of voting.

With this situation, the Government might go in for discussion on the issue early next week. It, however, says that it should be the speaker that should decide under what rule the discussion should be held.