November 28th, 2011
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Both houses adjourned over FDI

parliament New Delhi: Following the uproar in the Parliament both the houses of parliament have been forced to adjourn till noon. Parliament was in pandemonium when opposition members raised issues like allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, demand for Telangana state and threat to people of Kerala due to Mullaperiyar dam. Congress party of Kerala strongly supported the oppositions stand against FDI.

Soon after Speaker Meira Kumar announced start of the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Opposition members were on their feet demanding a debate on the FDI. BJP member Murli Manohar Joshi, who had given an adjournment notice to discuss government’s policy on FDI, insisted that the issue be taken up immediately. He was supported by Sharad Yadav (JD-U) and other NDA members. BJP members also displayed a banner demanding cancellation of the government decision on FDI.

Left parties were also demanding a discussion on the same issue and some of their members walked up to the Well. TRS members too walked into the Well and raised their demand for a separate state of Telangana. They were holding placards to press for their demand. Congress members from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh also walked up to the Well to make the same demand.

CPI(M) members from Kerala demanded steps for safety of the people of the State, who, they feared, would be affected if the age-old Mullaperiyar dam is breached. There were tremors in the area last week. The Mullaperiyar issue was however buried under the FDI din.

The opposition wants to discuss the government’s decision under an adjournment motion – which would end with a vote. The government has rejected this – it wants a debate, but no vote. An adjournment motion allows a member of the house to ask that regular business be suspended to discuss an urgent matter of public interest.

In the Rajya Sabha, BSP, JD(U), AIADMK and SP members raised slogans against the government’s FDI policy soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari took his seat.Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley, whose party BJP had moved a motion for adjournment of the Question Hour to take up FDI policy, rose to speak on the issue but could not begin due to slogan shouting.

Left members from Kerala showed a banner highlighting the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam in the State but Mr. Ansari asked them not to display any banner. Mr Ansari’s plea to restore peace went unheeded. Left members from Kerala moved into the Well holding banners on the safety of the dam.


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