FDI logjam in Parliament ends; Govt. agrees to vote in Rajya Sabha
The deadlock over Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail came to an end in Rajya Sabha on Thursday as the Government agreed for a debate and vote on the issue.
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari allowed the debate under Rule 168 after meeting leaders of all parties following continued disruptions in the Upper House for the fifth day.
After the House was adjourned for the day, Ansari called a meeting of leaders of all parties and the deadlock was resolved there.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha has set December 4 and 5 as the date to vote and debate FDI in retail.
The issue for vote in the Lok Sabha was resolved at a meeting between Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj with Speaker Meira Kumar earlier this morning.
Parliament's winter session has been disrupted since it began on 22 November over opposition demands for a debate and vote on the FDI policy.