Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter, "On Friday the House was stalled on the issue of 51% FDI in retail. Parliament is in session and government announced a decision of such far reaching consequences outside the Parliament."
The government had taken a cabinet decision to allow 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail and increased the FDI in single-brand to 100 per cent. The BJP and the Left parties, among others, have criticised this move.
"It is a contempt of the House. They should have discussed this issue in the Parliament and taken a decision in accordance with the sense of the House. They bypass the Parliament. We cannot accept this," Swaraj said.The opposition parties are likely to rake up this issue again on Monday. BJP and the Left parties are mulling over moving an adjournment motion to demand a discussion on allowing FDI in retail.
Swaraj also accused the government of stalling Parliament due to its attitude towards the Opposition. "I wish to ask Pranab Da (Finance Minister): Who stalled the Parliament on Thursday afternoon? Does he remember that there was a consensus in his presence that the price rise be discussed at 2 pm on Thursday and adjournment motion on blackmoney was to be taken up on Monday?" Swaraj said.