Storm over FDI, SC/ST quota paralyses Parliament on Day 2

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The scene in the Parliament remained unchanged on the second consecutive day as protests force adjournment till Monday

Tehelka.com Bureau
New Delhi

On Day 2 of the Winter Session of the Parliament, the heat over issues such as FDI in retail and quota in promotions for SCs and STs was kept on by the protesting parties paralysing proceedings for the second day in a row.

With Trinamool Congress politicians moving into the Well of the House, the Left and the Right also made a case against the UPA’s move to allow 51% FDI in multi-brand retail. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have, however, not taken a clear stand on the issue so far. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has called for an all-party meet on Monday, 26 November, to break the stalemate.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned five minutes post noon on the second day of the Winter Session without any progress. The Left, BJP and other parties also raised slogans against the government’s decision on FDI.

The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, saw its select committee report on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas bill being tabled on Friday, 23 November. The report was tabled in the midst of a ruckus, which was created by Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members demanding reservation for SC/STs in job promotion.

The committee has suggested, among other things, the Prime Minister be brought under the Lokpal’s purview, except for matters dealing with external affairs, internal security and atomic energy. The government, however, is not obligated to follow the suggestions of the committee as the decision on the bill will be taken after it is presented in the Parliament.

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