November 30th, 2011
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No decision on FDI after Core Group meet

Manmohan-singhNew Delhi: Though Congress Core Group met to discuss the FDI issue that has created a logjam in Parliament, the members emerged after the hour long  meeting with no resolution or decision. The meeting occurred at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which was also attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Senior ministers Pranab Mukherjee, A.K. Antony, P. Chidambaram and Congress General Secretary Ahmed Patel also attended the meeting. The Prime Minister continue to defend the decision. The government insists that the decision would benefit farmers and consumers as well.

“We are trying our best to break the logjam in Parliament. But, we are not the only party. We are willing to discuss the issues,” Mr Mukherjee said.

Commerce Minister Anand Sharma was also called in to explain the decision on allowing 51 per cent in FDI in retail over which allies Trinamool Congress and DMK have strong objections while the entire opposition barring Akali Dal is opposed to it.

The meeting is understood to have discussed various options including accepting a debate through an adjournment on the FDI which could end with a voting. In that case, the efforts should be made to persuade the protesting allies to oppose the adjournment motion which would also be suitably toned down in its criticism of the government.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said that “the matter should be reconsidered by the government. They have to withdraw the FDI decision and then we will discuss.” “what the government is doing… they would like to destroy the Parliamentary system in India,” he added.







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