Parliament logjam costs nation Rs 12 crore loss in 4 days

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New Delhi, Nov 25: The ruckus in Parliament that led to the adjournment of both the Houses till Monday, Nov 28 has led to a loss of almost Rs 12 crore in four days.

Several BJP MPs, the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress protested and shouted slogans against the cabinet for their nod to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail. Both the houses were adjourned till noon and then later till Monday.

"We will continue to protest against the Cabinet decision on FDI, both inside Parliament and outside as well," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.

Congress ally TMC said that a larger debate over the issue take place and that farmers and small traders also were not taken into confidence before the cabinet decision was taken.

"Our stand is very clear. There has to be larger debate. You have spoken to people who will benefit. But have you spoken to small farmers, traders etc. We are asking for larger discussion and debat," said TMC MP and Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.

"I didn't get the impression that allies are against it. It's a policy decision and if any state doesn't want to implement they can choose not to. It's a move ahead and the Commerce Minister consulted all," said Union Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid.

The bedlam in the parliament on Day 1 of the winter session had led to a loss of Rs 1 crore to the nation over the opposition boycotting Home Minister, P Chidambaram.

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