Oppn stalls Parliament over Walmart 'lobbying' report

Amid cries of 'shame, shame' from the Opposition benches, the BJP leader demanded inquiry and said it should be completed within 60 days as people should know who has been bribed and who got how much.

Contending that there have been "gross financial irregularities" in Wal-Mart leading to suspension of its Chief Financial Officer in India and seven other officers and a probe is on against them in the US, Sinha said, "This has sullied the dignity of our country."

"These disclosures have made it clear that they have given money to people here to gain entry in India. An inquiry is going on in the US on this issue. But there is no inquiry in India. People have taken money and are sitting tight," the former External Affairs Minister said.

Trouble broke out when Speaker Meira Kumar asked members to associate themselves with Sinha and called Kamal Nath to respond. This led to Left and Trinamool Congress members, who had submitted adjournment notices on the issue, to storm the Well demanding that they too be allowed to speak.

The issue created uproar in the Rajya Sabha too which saw two adjournments with BJP members, supported by members of the Left parties and Trinamool Congress, raising the issue.

In the Lok Sabha, members from BJP, Trinamool Congress, Left parties, AIADMK and JD(U) demanded an early response from the government and trooped into the Well. They wanted to know if money was paid to anyone in India and that they should be exposed.

SP members were also on their feet demanding a probe. BSP members were not seen in the House.

"Lobbying is not illegal in the US, but it is called 'commission' here. It is illegal. It is bribery," Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M) said.

No violation of laws by Walmart: US

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