New Delhi: Opposition parties, including the BJP and the CPI (M) pressed Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to allow their notices for a debate on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail on Thursday, the first day of the Parliament's Winter Session.

The Speaker said their notices for a debate under Rule 184, which entails voting, were under consideration.

Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, said that a debate on FDI in retail should be allowed as the government had violated its earlier assurance of consulting parties over the vexed issue.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) raised slogans demanding a debate and a vote on the issue.


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