Live: SP to abstain if voting takes place on FDI
Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met Congress leaders Rajiv Shukla and Kamal Nath.
New Delhi: 1:30 pm: Sources have told CNN-IBN that the Samajwadi Party has conveyed to the government that it won't insist on voting over FDI. The SP has conveyed that if voting takes place, it will abstain.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), meanwhile, has asked for a commitment from the government on the passage of the bill that provides for SC/ST reservation in promotion in government jobs. Sources say BJP ally JD(U), Congress ally DMK and Gowda's JD(S) are also not insisting on a vote.
1:05 pm: The all-party meeting to resolve the Parliament deadlock on FDI in retail has begun. Earlier, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav met Congress leaders Rajiv Shukla and Kamal Nath.
12:45 pm: Congress leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath met Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav ahead of the all-party meeting on FDI.
12:25 pm: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath ahead of the all-party meeting on FDI in retail. Commerce Minister Anand Sharma also met BJP leader Arun Jaitley ahead of the all-party meeting.
12:11 pm: Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day after an uproar over FDI in multi-brand retail. The Rajya Sabha was also hit by the SC/ST quota issue.
12:07 pm: The Rajya Sabha did not see any work on Day 3 of the winter session on Monday and was adjourned till Tuesday after an uproar over FDI in retail. Meanwhile, the UPA coordination committee will meet allies on Tuesday to discuss the FDI voting provision.
12:05 pm:Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha resumed after being adjourned over FDI in retail.
11:14 am: The issue of FDI in multi-brand retail continued to derail Parliament for the third day on Monday as both Houses were adjourned till noon after an uproar over the issue. In the Rajya Sabha, Opposition leaders shouted slogans against FDI.
The government has called an all-party meeting on Monday to break the deadlock. Sources say that as per its strategy it will say executive decisions don't allow vote. It will will ask for sense among political parties at meeting.
Sources say the government will also seek to alienate the Left Front and BJP to show they are the only ones who are asking for a vote. According to sources, the government will say it is ready but only if that's what all parties want.
Meanwhile, the UPA seems to have played the 2G card ahead of the all-party meet to resolve the parliament deadlock on FDI. Congress ally DMK has given a notice for a discussion under rule 193 on the CAG report on 2G Scam in the Lok Sabha. The notice comes after ex-CAG audit officer RP Singh claimed the report was influenced by BJP leader and Public Accounts Committee Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi.
RP Singh alleged that Joshi had called audit officials to his house for preparation of the PAC report on 2G scam that indicted the government. Joshi even offered to resign if the allegations against him could be proved. RP Singh alleged that he was told to sign on the 2010 audit report to Parliament that had estimated a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore on account of spectrum sale.
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