Parliament returns to business after four days of logjam

New Delhi, Nov 29: The logjam in parliament over the issue of FDI in retail came to an end today as the presiding officers of both houses accepted the opposition's demand for a debate on the issue followed by voting.

In Lok Sabha, speaker Meira Kumar accepted the notice for a discussion on the issue under Rule 184.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Dr Hamid Ansari agreed to a discussion under Rule 167.

A trial of strength over FDI in retail issue will be witnessed in Parliament next week, with the Lok Sabha deciding to have a discussion on December 4 and 5 on the issue under a rule that entails voting, a strident demand of the Opposition.

While Rajya Sabha will also have a similar discussion, the date and timings for it will be decided after consultations with various political parties.

The decision led to an end to the logjam in Parliament today on the issue which had paralysed proceedings for four days with the Left and the Right making a common cause.

Following an all-party meeting and discussions with UPA leaders, the government signalled its readiness for such a debate after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath held consultations with Leaders of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley yesterday which saw BJP sticking to its stand.

Four days after the Opposition paralysed the proceedings in both Houses of Parliament, the government relented on the issue by leaving the matter to be decided by the presiding officers.

This will be the first such trial of strength in the 15th Lok Sabha.

There have been very rare occasions that a discussion of this sort on executive decision has taken place.

"I have received 30 notices for discussion on FDI in multi-brand retail under Rule 184. I have admitted the motion to allow the discussion," the Speaker Meira Kumar said.

But in Rajya Sabha, in a discomforting news to the government, Samajwadi Party today said it will vote against FDI in the Upper House where UPA does not have majority on its own.

"We will vote against FDI in Rajya Sabha if the government brings it there," SP leader in the Upper House Ramgopal Yadav said.

SP has nine members in the 244-member House.

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