FDI: Like Monsoon, Winter Session of Parl to be a washout?

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New Delhi, Nov 14: The issue of Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in multi-brand retail is all set to hog the limelight in the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament. As most of the political parties including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Left are opposing FDI, Winter Session of Parliament like the Monsoon Session is likely to be a washout.

The Left on Tuesday, Nov 13 submitted a notice to move an adjournment motion under rule 184 in the Winter Session of Parliament for a vote on the Centre's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail. If the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha allow the notice, a debate followed by a vote on FDI would take place in the Winter Session of Parliament, which begins on Nov 22.

Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, which walked out of the Congress-led UPA government in Sept, has already said that it would move a no-confidence motion against the government in the Winter Session.

The government was plunged into a minority with Banerjee's exit and it now heavily depends on the big Uttar Pradesh parties - Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party - for its survival. Both parties provide external support to Manmohan Singh's government.

The Winter session of Parliament will begin on Nov 22. A Lok Sabha press release said that the 12th session of the 15th Lok Sabha is likely to conclude on Dec 20 subject to exigencies of government business. The Monsoon session of Parliament was virtually washed away on the issue of CAG report on coal block allocations.

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