FDI decision a collective one, says NCP

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New Delhi, Nov 29: With UPA constituents Trinamool Congress and DMK opposing the move to allow FDI in retail, the NCP Tuesday came out in defence of the government saying it was a "mature and collective" decision.

"We are very much part of the decision and it was a collective and mature decision on the FDI," Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel told reporters outside Parliament House.

The NCP leader also favoured an early resolution of the stand-off between the government and the Opposition in Parliament.

"We do not want the logjam to continue. All have given their views in the all-party meeting.... If there are any divergent views, government is trying to find out a solution," Patel said.

On Trinamool's claim that allies were not taken into confidence before deciding on major issues, Patel said, "In a coalition government, there is a need for talks and discussion among the allies. But I do not think there are no talks at all among the allies. Talks and discussion keep happening."

Asked about the possibilities of DMK MP Kanimozhi's induction in the Cabinet, he said "It is the PM's prerogative. I should not be commenting on cabinet induction."

Kanimozhi, an accused in the 2G case, was Monday granted bail by the High Court.

Asked whether he supports "no work no pay" for MPs in the backdrop of continuing disruptions in Parliament, he said, "It is more important that parliament should function."

PTI

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