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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1584

Parliament deadlock: No consensus on FDI at all party meet

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 27 November (

The all-party meeting called to break the deadlock in Parliament over the government's decision to allow FDI in retail ended without any breakthrough on Monday. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance and the Left stuck to their demand for a vote on the decision, but the government has offered only a discussion.

After an over two-hour-long meeting held in the Parliament House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters: "It was a good meeting. Many members said the house must run... "I will appeal to the parties demanding a discussion under rule 184 to reconsider their view, and I will discuss the sentiments expressed in the meeting with the presiding officers of the two houses."

With the opposition disrupting Parliament for the third consecutive day on Monday and earlier efforts by the government not succeeding, the all-party meeting was held to end the impasse. The government has maintained that it is ready to discuss the FDI in retail issue but does not want it to be put to vote.

The meeting, held in Parliament House, was chaired by leader of the Lok Sabha Sushilkumar Shinde and attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Sources said the government has reached out to its outside supporters SP and BSP to muster the required numbers. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav held a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before the all-party meeting where the FDI issue is understood to have come up for discussion.

Union Ministers have also been in touch with BSP leadership on the issue. BSP is pressing for passage of the reservation in promotion for SC/ST bill in Rajya Sabha.

Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had met UPA ally DMK's chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday in Chennai to discuss the FDI issue. DMK has opposed the decision.

Leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley, NDA working chairperson L K Advani, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, Reoti Raman Singh and Naresh Agrawal (both SP), T R Baalu (DMK), BSP leader Mayawati, her party colleague Satish Chandra Mishra, Sudip Bandyopadhyay (TMC) and Arjun Charan Sethi (BJD) were among those present.

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