BJP blames govt for Parliament logjam
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Last Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011, 18:16
New Delhi: BJP on Monday sought to put the blame on government for the deadlock in Parliament, saying its decision on allowing FDI in multi-brand retail without discussing the matter with opposition had led to the stalemate.

In a press interaction, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said government's position that opposition was not allowing Parliament to function "is completely wrong".

"When the discussion on price rise was to take place and Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) rose up to speak last Thursday, Congress MPs from Telangana had raised their demand.... I tried unsuccessfully to persuade them to allow the House to run... Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal were not present," she said.

BJP toed the line taken by Left parties that government was stalling Parliament as it did not want legislations like the Lokpal Bill to be passed.

"I corroborate the views of Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) that government does not want to bring the Lokpal Bill and what happened last Thursday substantiates this charge," Swaraj said.

BJP also did not appear optimistic about the outcome of the all-party meeting called by the Prime Minister tomorrow. "Rollback FDI in retail and (you can) run the House," Swaraj said to government.

The party alleged that government took then decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in Parliament despite divisions within the Cabinet itself.


First Published: Monday, November 28, 2011, 18:16

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