New Delhi: Key UPA partner Trinamool Congress on Friday virtually led the charge in Parliament against the controversial decision to allow FDI in retail, an issue which saw a united Opposition forcing repeated adjournments. Before the Lok Sabha met for the day, several members went across to Pawar, who was seated in his alloted seat in the first row, as a gesture.
Members from Mamata Banerjee's party stormed the Well in the Rajya Sabha and were seen protesting from the aisles in the Lok Sabha against the decision of the Union Cabinet to allow 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail and 100 per cent FDI in single-brand retail.
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, who made identical statements in both the Houses on the issue, faced angry opposition as also Trinamool Congress members who chanted 'Cancel FDI in retail'.
BJP and Shiv Sena members in the Lok Sabha carried placards and banners against the decision that was welcomed by the industry - both in the country and abroad.
Left parties, which have been agitating for long against FDI in retail, were equally forceful in their protests.
As unruly scenes continued, M Thambidurai, who was in the Chair during Zero Hour, adjourned the House till Monday.
With Friday's adjournment, proceedings in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first week of the Winter session were almost a washout following turmoil over a host of issues including price rise, black money and separate Telangana.
Lok Sabha saw an impromptu discussion on the assault on Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar after Speaker Meira Kumar strongly condemned the incident. Kumar was supported by leaders from all parties led by Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee and Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon without transacting any business after Chairman Hamid Ansari condemned the assault on Pawar.
As soon as the Upper House assembled for Zero Hour, members from Trinamool Congress, BJP and AIADMK trooped into the Well shouting slogans against the FDI move and demanded its roll back.
Members from SP, BSP, CPI and CPI-M were also on their feet shouting - "No FDI".
The members also refused to allow Home Minister P Chidambaram to speak when he rose to move for leave to introduce a bill to further amend the Citizenship Act.
As the bedlam continued, Deputy Speaker K Rahman Khan, who was in the chair, adjourned the House till Monday.
Some members from Kerala were seen waving copies of Malayalam newspapers carrying a report on Tamil Nadu government's decision to ban a movie that depicts of a dam burst.
In the melee, Congress members from Telangana were seen rushing to the Well with placards in support of their demand.
After the Lok Sabha was adjourned, the Commerce Minister was seen talking to Swaraj, apparently expressing government's readiness for a debate on the contentious FDI issue.
Swaraj was heard remarking as to why government did not consult the opposition on the issue which could affect millions of small traders.
Assault on Pawar condemned
Parliament on Friday strongly condemned the assault on Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at a public function here.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said the House strongly condemns the unfortunate incident of assault on the Agriculture Minister.
The House "expresses its unequivocal disapproval of taking recourse to violent and undemocratic means to express disagreement," she said.
Rajya Sabha too condemned the assault on Pawar.
When the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari made a mention of the incident that took place on Thursday barely a few kilometers away from Parliament.
"I am sure the whole House will join me in condemning the assault" on Pawar, he said as members thumped their desks in show of support.
New Delhi: Key UPA partner Trinamool Congress on Friday virtually led the charge in Parliament against the controversial decision to allow FDI in retail, an issue which saw a united Opposition forcing repeated adjournments.
Before the Lok Sabha met for the day, several members went across to Pawar, who was seated in his alloted seat in the first row, as a gesture.