In the Lok Sabha, soon after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced new members in his Council of Ministers, TMC members trooped into the Well demanding rollback of the policy to allow FDI in the retail sector. BJP members were on their feet shouting slogans against FDI and demanding a discussion on the issue. Members of Left parties were seen in the aisle waving booklets on the FDI. A lone TDP member was seen in the Well showing a placard and pressing for separate Telangana state.
"I will allow you to speak. Go back," Speaker Meira Kumar told the members who were unrelenting. Amid din, she adjourned the proceedings till noon.
In the Rajya Sabha, the moment Chairman Hamid Ansari called the House to order, BSP supremo Mayawati was on her feet demanding a bill to provide reservation to SCs and STs in promotions in government jobs. Her party colleagues led by Brajesh Pathak rushed to the Well shouting "aarakshan vidhayak pehle lao, pehle lao" (bring reservation bill first).
BJP members led by M Venkaiah Naidu too were up on their feet raising the issue of FDI in retail sector. Some of its members displayed copies of a business newspaper that carried a report saying Bharti Walmart had suspended its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as it investigates alleged violations of US anti-bribery laws. "No posters please," Ansari ruled, even as SP members too joined the din. Slogan shouting by BSP members drowned all other protests in the House. As noisy scenes prevailed, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.