FDI row: Govt to accept adjournment motion in Parliament?

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New Delhi, Nov 29: The government may accept an adjournment motion on the FDI in retail issue on Wednesday (Nov 30) to break the deadlock. Sources said that opposition may agree to a discussion followed by a vote to break the seven day logjam. The foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail has become the bone of contention not only with the opposition but also with allies of the government.

According to sources, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the inconclusive meeting that was held between the government and all parties where a united opposition made it clear that they will not let the Parliament function without a rollback in the proposal of the FDI in retail.

Meanwhile, the government of Kerala has already opposed the government move on FDI in retail. Moreover, voices of opposition to FDI in retail from within the UPA gained momentum on Tuesday (today) with a Congress MP, Sanjay Singh from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh criticising the decision, saying it will hurt the poor and its timing was not right.

Earlier, the all party meeting was attended by main Opposition Party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, the Left, AIADMK, along with parties giving external support to government like Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party. Allies like Trinamool Congress and DMK demanded a rollback in the decision to allow FDI in retail.

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