Parliament adjourned amid anti-FDI din
26 November 2012
Both houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day today without transacting any business as the opposition raised a ruckus, mainly over the issue of allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail. Some sections of the opposition also raised other issues.
Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari initially adjourned their respective houses till noon, but when the houses reconvened, there was no sign of the opposition allowing Parliament to function, as the ruckus continued where it had left off.
An all-party meet has been scheduled for 1:00 pm in an effort to break the deadlock, after commerce minister Anand Sharma met opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on the issue of FDI, but to no avail.
The United Progressive Alliance coordination committee is also meeting with allies on Tuesday over FDI.
As the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, all members stood up in silence as tribute to those killed during the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, of which today is the fourth anniversary. But immediately afterwards, Bharatiya Janata Party members raised the issue of FDI in retail and shouted "take back the FDI decision".
Trinamool Congress members trooped into the well with placards and shouted slogans demanding continued subsidy on cooking gas cylinders.