New Delhi: BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Rajiv Pratap Rudy have submitted to the Rajya Sabha chairman a breach of privilege notice against Union minister Anand Sharma, who had assured the House that all stakeholders would be consulted before a decision is taken on the FDI issue.

The two Rajya Sabha MPs submitted the notice to Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is the ex-officio chairperson of the Upper House, pointing out that the Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma had given the assurance on December 7, 2011.

BJP maintains that despite making this promise in both Houses of Parliament, the government went ahead unilaterally to allow 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail.

"Mr. Chairman, sir, the government has taken a view that the decision to permit 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail trade is suspended till a consensus is developed for consultations among various stakeholders" the letter quotes Sharma as having said in the Rajya Sabha.

The same assurance was given by then Leader of the Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee in the Lower House on the same day.

BJP will raise the FDI issue in both Houses of Parliament on Thursday and insists that a discussion be held under provisions which entail voting. Other Opposition parties, including the Left, have also spoken on the same lines.

Javadekar and Rudy have charged in their notice that the minister's statement was never intended to be implemented.

"Sir, as the Hon'ble Leader of Opposition and hon. members have asked, it is very clear that this policy, the enabling policy framework, is such that the states have discretion. Therefore, when we say consultation with the stakeholders, that include chief minister and states, and it certainly does not exclude, but includes, the political parties," the two MPs quoted Sharma’s verdict.

They alleged that this was a false assurance given to the House and thus constitute a breach of privilege as it was not abided by.

If the Chairman admits the notice then it would be sent to the Privileges Committee for further action.


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