New Delhi: Putting an end to the four-day long Parliament logjam over the FDI in retail, the government on Thursday agreed to hold discussion over the contentious issue under the rule that entails voting.  

Addressing reporters outside the Parliament House, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Sukla said: "The government has agreed to a debate with voting."

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari has called an all party meet at 1 pm to build consensus over the FDI issue and break the deadlock in the Upper House.

Ansari admitted that he has received notices for discussion on FDI in multi-brand retail under Rule 164.  

The UPA government does not have majority in the Upper House.

Earlier, the Upper House witnessed huge pandemonium over the FDI in multi-brand retail issue, with the Opposition demanding debate under the rule entailing vote in the House.

Soon after the Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar allowed debate on FDI with voting in the Lower House, Opposition members were seen up on their feet in the Upper House accusing government of adopting double standards by not holding discussion under Rule 184 in Rajya Sabha.

While the BJP remained adamant on its stand demanding voting on FDI, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath informed the RS Chairman that the government was ready for discussion over the issue under any rule.

SP to oppose FDI in RS

Samajwadi Party will oppose FDI during discussion in Rajya Sabha, said SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav.


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