December 1st, 2011
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Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned on 8th day

lok-sabhaNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the eighth consecutive day over the FDI issue. The trouble began soon after Speaker Meira Kumar made obituary reference in the Lok Sabha to former member Harish Kumar Gangawar (Congress) and read out a message on World AIDS Day.

The face-off continued between the government and the Opposition, which was joined by UPA constituents Trinamool Congress and DMK, over the controversial decision to allow FDI in retail. Opposition remained adamant on its demand for scrapping of the decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail and 100 per cent in single-brand retail and pressed for a discussion in the House under an Adjournment Motion.

Opposition members entered into the Well, many of them carrying placards against FDI decision and other issues like a separate Telangana and safety of the Mullaperiyar dam. AIADMK members from Tamil Nadu rushed to the well seeking implementation of the Supreme Court directive on raising the storage level of the Mullaperiyar dam to 142 feet.

Members from Kerala entered the well from another side demanding that the water level in the dam be maintained at 120 feet keeping in mind safety of the 116-year-old structure. Congress members from Telangana and some TDP members raised slogans for a separate Telangana.

Despite the din, the Speaker took up the Question Hour but nothing could be heard. As the unruly scenes continued, Ms Kumar adjourned the proceedings till noon.

The Rajya Sabha plunged into turmoil soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari called House to order. Scenes similar to that of the Lok Sabha were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha as well. The entire Opposition was up on its feet shouting slogans against the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retailing. Kerala ministers also raised the Mullaperiyar issue. When the house was beyond control Dr Ansari adjourned the House.



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