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Nov 28, 2011, 11.52 AM IST | Source: IBNLive.com

Opposition likely to stall Parliament over FDI

A stormy day is expected in Parliament on Monday as a united opposition is all set take on the UPA on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector. BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has submitted a notice of adjournment motion on the FDI issue on behalf of the party.

Opposition likely to stall Parliament over FDI

A stormy day is expected in Parliament on Monday as a united opposition is all set take on the UPA on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the retail sector. BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has submitted a notice of adjournment motion on the FDI issue on behalf of the party.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has also moved a motion to discuss why the Government's decision on allowing FDI in retail should be revoked. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar has also moved a notice for the suspension of the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.

"We want the House to discuss this issue by way of adjournment motion," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had tweeted earlier, adding Government's decision of allowing 51 per cent FDI in retail "is not acceptable to us".

Parties across the spectrum like the BSP, SP, AIADMK and the JD(U) are expected to join in the bandwagon and voice their opposition in Parliament, whereas the Left Front is expected to move an adjournment motion on the issue of price rise.

The government could be in for some major embarrassment with UPA allies like the DMK and Trinamool Congress expected to join the opposition in the protests.

The government is likely to be cornered in both Houses on issues ranging from FDI to price rise to black money.

The government says that a discussion on price rise is already listed. Since the government has accepted an adjournment motion on the issue of black money , a discussion can happen on Tuesday if the opposition favours it.

The Government is not likely to accept an adjournment motion on FDI because it doesn’t want more than one adjournment motion per session.

Although the government seems ready for a discussion on FDI, opposition parties like the BJP and BSP are likely to still try and disrupt proceedings.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had earlier slammed the government's FDI move and said, "We will not allow any company from abroad to involve in FDI in the whole of Uttar Pradesh."

"I want to ask the central government, how many people will lose their jobs because of this FDI? If providing jobs to a few people will result in loss of jobs for several others, how can we call it just," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said.

The first week of the winter session which began on November 22 was a virtual washout in view of Opposition protest over various issues including price rise and Telengana.

On Friday, it was adjourned without transacting any business following uproar over the FDI issue.

The CPI(M), meanwhile, called upon all political parties to oppose the Centre's decision to allow FDI in retail business, saying this will affect 96 per cent of small traders in the country.

"We appeal to all political parties, irrespective of ideology, to unite under one umbrella in opposing the entry of FDI in the retail sector, because this will deal a blow to 96 per cent of traders in the country," CPI(M) Central Committee member Shyamal Chakraborty said.

Observing that many opposition parties and even some UPA constituents were opposed to the entry of FDI in retail, Chakraborty said, "We hear even some Congress ministers at the Centre are opposed to it. This is a good indication."

Chakraborty said the CPI(M) and its trade union wing CITU will support the nation-wide traders' strike on Dec 1.

Dismissing Union commerce minister Anand Sharma's statement that the move will help create employment, he said while it was being claimed that entry of FDI in retail will help farmers, they will actually be victimised as procurement prices will be decided by MNCs.

"It is being said that China has allowed FDI in its retail sector. It can, as it has a very strong manufacturing sector. In our country, contribution of manufacturing sector to the GDP is low. Contribution of the service sector is more. Therefore, we are bound to suffer, as some South Asian countries are now realising," Chakraborty said.

(With additional information from PTI)

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