Opposition calls for vote on FDI, TNC for no confidence in Govt. Shiv Sena leaders want their late leader Bal Thackeray to be duly honoured in Parliament.
In the wake of differences over the government's decision toallow FDI in retail both the houses of the parliament were adjourned as BJP ledopposition called for a debate and vote on the matter. The first day of theWinter session of Parliament saw the Lok Sabha being adjourned till 12:30 whilethe Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day.
The government faces a two prongedassault as Lok Sabha Speaker, Meera Kumari, said that she received a notice ofno confidence from former ally and Trinamool Congress supremo, Mamata Banerjee.
Shiv Sena leaders wanted their late leader Bal Thackeray tobe duly honoured in Parliament.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived at Parliament stating that he had a very heavy legislative agenda during the Winter Session. “I seekcooperation from my colleagues in the House. We are ready to discuss all issueson the floor of both the Houses."
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath was quoted assaying, "Opposition can't decide date and time of discussions inParliament. We are ready to discuss FDI with BJP and others. The Parliamentarysession should be carried out peacefully."
After the Parliament resumed session at 12:30, the no confidencemotion was rejected in the Lok Sabha as the motion failed to receivesupport in the house. Speaker Meira Kumar asked members supporting the motionto stand up; none but TMC stood up. The Lower House was adjourned for the day amidst sloganeering and shouting from MPs as Leader of Opposition SushmaSwaraj tried to initiate a debate and vote on the FDI in retail issue.
Parliament meets for the Winter Session between November 22 and December 20, 2012. There will be a total of 20 sittings. The agenda for legislation includes 25 Bills pending for consideration and passing. The government plans to introduce 10 new Bills.
Following are the 10 new Bills:
The Agricultural Bio-Security Bill, 2012
The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill, 2012
The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2012
The Coal Mines (Conservation and Development) Amendment Bill, 2012
The Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2012
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2012
The Governor’s (Emoluments, Allowances and Privileges) Amendment Bill, 2012
The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2012
The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2012
The Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2012