Retail FDI row: Trial of strength in Parliament set for next week

Ramgopal Yadav

Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Naidu said, "This sort of tactic is not going to help Congress. It will boomerang on Congress. Otherwise there is no rational explanation for applying different yard sticks (on FDI discussion) in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

"While the government has allowed FDI discussion with voting in Lok Sabha, the same has not been done in Rajya Sabha yet.

His party colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad said government is running away from holding discussion on FDI.

"BJP wants Parliament to function. We want discussion with voting on FDI in retail. We want it in both Houses.

But government is busy in 'jugad' (managing) technology.

How long the country will wait. Govt is running away from discussion. We have repeatedly asked for discussion under voting clause. We are ready for discussion on any issue," Prasad said.

"The Speaker has already admitted it in Lok Sabha.

It is all the more surprising why government wants to avoid it in Rajya Sabha. Both Houses are independent and separate. Then why this differentiation between Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

"Naidu said it is not the main Opposition party which is responsible for stalling proceedings in Parliament.

"It is their own allies who are going to the well of the House, they are raising slogans and some of them are carrying placards.

So it shows all is not well in the UPA".

He said Congress is hurting the interest of the country.

"One policy is for Lok Sabha another is for Rajya Sabha.

They are allowing voting in the Lok Sabha but did not want it in Rajya Sabha.

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