Lok Sabha to set to debate over FDI in retail, quota turmoil hits Rajya Sabha

Lok Sabha to set to debate over FDI in retail, quota turmoil hits Rajya Sabha

BT Online Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: December 4, 2012  | 13:56 IST

The Lok Sabha is set for a debate on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail at 2 pm on Tuesday, even as the UPA government expressed confidence of defeating the motion against the move.

BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Khagen Das will move the motion which reads: "This House recommends to the government to immediately withdraw its decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail trade."

The motion for the modification of Foreign Exchange Management Act notification, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha on November 30, will also be taken up along with the one on FDI.

Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy and National Conference leader Hassan Khan have moved the motion for this.

The government, meanwhile, has said it is confident of its numbers in the Lok Sabha in the voting which will take place on Wednesday.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath slammed the BJP's opposition to FDI in multi-brand retail, saying such tactics were not in the interest of the country.

"I have been consistently saying that the motion passed by the BJP in both Houses of Parliament will be defeated. This is just politics in the name of FDI on the part of the BJP, and we urge all parties to reject it," Kamal Nath said in the Parliament House complex.

"This is politics. We are managing," he said.

The BJP, meanwhile, said all parties should stick to their stand on FDI which they adopted outside Parliament.

"We only hope the parties stand both inside and outside Parliament. They have protested...they come on street against FDI in retail. It is not in the interest of the country," said BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu.

The Rajya Sabha on the other hand was disrupted again over a Bill for providing reservation to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and the Schedule Tribes (ST) in promotions in government jobs.

The upper house was first adjourned till noon, and then till 2 pm over the issue, as members of the Samajwadi Party protested against a constitutional amendment Bill to provide reservation in job promotions.

The Bill, which has been brought after protests from the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party, provides for reservation to the SCs and the STs in promotion in government jobs.

As the house met at noon after losing its question hour, members from the SP benches trooped near the chairman's podium raising slogans against the Bill. Amid the din, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the upper house till 2 pm.

The Bill was listed in the business schedule of the Rajya Sabha.

With inputs from IANS

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