Why not vote on FDI in retail?

The session started with a pathetic attempt by the government to choreograph controversy by bringing a bad name to the institution of the CAG. The rehashed story, attributed to a former official of the CAG, hit the headlines. The UPA chairperson herself also participated in this choreography by suggesting that the loss figures in the 2G spectrum allocation were attributable to the BJP. The government cut a sorry figure when the official concerned turned hostile in the course of a television interview and altered the identity of the person who had allegedly interfered with the CAG recommendation. It was no longer the PAC chairperson, Murli Manohar Joshi, but some unidentifiable member of the PAC who had allegedly interfered in the CAG report.

Important legislative business is pending. We in the opposition would like to cooperate by arriving at a consensus on a significant part of this business. However, before we can reach that stage, the government will have to resolve the stalemate pending on the issue of FDI in retail. The earlier the government is able to resolve it with a voting provision, the easier it will be for parliamentary functioning.

The writer is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, express@expressindia.com

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