New Delhi: 2.02 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day.
12.56 pm: BJD supports TMC's no confidence motion.
12.52 pm: The BJP on Thursday said that the TMC should have agreed for discussion under 184 first. "Later we would have supported TMC on no-trust," the party said.
12.44 pm: BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Sharad Yadav is an important part of NDA. I won't comment on what he has said. I would only reiterate what the NDA resolved, that we demand discussion under Rule 184."
12.40 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.
12.38 pm: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, "I want to bring to your notice that the parliament has been insulted. I want to remind that the then Finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee gave a statement in the parliament on Decemeber 7, 2011. He said that other parties and leaders will be kept in confidence before going in for FDI. I regret that the statement the former finance minister made, the government has approved 51 per cent of FDI. We should be given an opportunity to express our views under rule 184. Under rule 184 there should be a discussion on FDI in the parliament."
12.36 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar rejects no-confidence motion against the government.
12.35 pm: TMC moves no-confidence against UPA government.
12.33 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said, "I have receieved notices of adjournment motions on FDI. The matter is under my consideration. I have disallowed the notices of adjournment motion."
12.30 pm: Lok Sabha resumes.
12.22 pm: BSP Chief Mayawati said, "We had sought SC/ST quota bill. In Lok Sabha, we will raise deteriorating law and order situation in UP. Centre should impose President's rule in UP."
12.21 pm: Congress leader Harish Rawat said, "The Speaker decides under which rule a discussion takes place. We have to abide by what the speaker says. Most important is the House should function.The Opposition parties have to decide which issue is more important for them."
12.15 pm: On the issue of FDI in retail, Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav said that his party was ready for discussion under any rule.
12.11 pm: BJP leader Shanawaz Hussain said, "Some parties did not let the Leader of Opposition speak. MPs who stormed in to the well were UPA allies. BJP wants the House to function. We do not want Parliament's time to get wasted. SP, BSP should have supported the demand for discussion on FDI in retail."
12.09 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:30 pm.
12.06 pm: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha talks about statement of Pranab Mukherjee made on December 7, 2011 as the Finance Minister on FDI.
12.05 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday over SC/ST quota bill.
11.58 am: BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, "Voting is important in a democracy. When deciding on such an important matter, you should have majority. Where is the consensus? You did not consult anyone. We are ready for the discussion."
11.55 am: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Thursday appealed Mulayam Singh and Mayawati that they should let the House function. "BSP and SP disrupted the two Houses. We have all given notices. Let there be a discussion in Parliament. Let there be a discussion on FDI under any motion, be it rule 184 or 193. Business advisory committee or Parliament can decide," he said.
11.45 am: Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "Discussion will only happen when they (Opposition) will let the House function."
11.30 am: Left leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said that the government has not consulted any party on the issue of FDI in retail. "The government is unilaterally implementing it which is against the interest of the country. Parliament's opinion must remain supreme," he said.
11.26 am: Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned till 12 noon after an uproar over SC/ST quota.
11.25 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 after uproar over FDI in retail.
11.18 am: Rajya Sabha pays tribute to Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray. There was a slight slogan shouting on "Bala Saheb amar rahein (Long live Balasageb)".
11.08 am: President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijeet Mukherjee takes oath as an MP in Lok Sabha.
10.58 am: BJP leader Balbir Punj said, "The Prime Minister is dishonest when he says he want cooperation of all political parties. The government breached assurance when then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee gave statement that any decision on FDI in retail will be taken only after taking all on board. Now there is a trust deficit, therefore his announcement on cooperation is absolutely meaningless. Only the ruling party can not decide the rules under which the discussion can take place."
On TMC's no-confidence motion, he said, "TMC must understand it's a game of numbers. It's only on the issue of FDI in retail there is maximum opinion against the government in Parliament. It will be better to corner the government under relevant rules on this issue."
10.56 am: Telangana MPs protest outside Parliament demanding that the government should abide by its decision on Telangana.
10.55 am: The BJP gives notice for suspension of the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.
10.45 am: TMC MPs protest in front of the Gandhi statue saying that they don't have a Parliament party office within the House. "We have no room," they say.
10.40 am: TMC hands over notice for no-confidence motion to the Speaker's office.
10.36 am: BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, "BJP wants discussion on FDI under Rule 184. Not only opposition, but even UPA's allies want the same. Government should stop being stubborn and agree for the discussion."
10.33 am: Government doesn't allow voting on issues which are not legislative, said Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit. "BJP also didn't allow discussion under 184 on the Gujarat riots, when we wanted it. There is a precedence of BJP itself. Let's discuss all issues. Parliament is a forum for discussion," he said.
On TMC's no-confidence motion, he said, "Let them get 50 MPs that required. We welcome it. It will give us an opportunity to talk about our government."
10.25 am: The Left has given notice for suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha to discuss FDI.
10.20 am: Basudeb Acharya, CPI-M, said, "We don't support TMC's no-confidence motion. They don't have the numbers."
10.15 am: The BSP is likely to push for SC/ST Quota Bill in Parliament on Thursday.
10.05 am: Prime Minister Mnamohan Singh said that those in Opposition and government must work together. "Our parliament has a very legislative this winter session. I see cooperation from our colleagues from both houses. We are ready to discuss all issues on the floor of both houses," he said.
"We need to create new jobs, provide healthy environment for investment. Our country faces many economic problems arising from global economic problems. Our Parliament has a very heavy Legislative agenda during the Winter Session. I seek cooperation from my colleagues in the House. We need to create new jobs on a large enough scale to provide gainful employment to our youth," the Prime Minister said.
10.03 am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Parliament.
9.55 am: Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj gives notice under 184 for discussion and voting on FDI.
9.50 am: Congress leader Kamal Nath on Thursday said that the Opposition can't decide date, time of decisions of Parliament. "Speaker will decide whether FDI should be discussed under 193 or 184," he said.
9.45 am: Samajwadi party parliamentary board meeting at 10 am in Parliament.
9.40 am: TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay will issue the notice of no-confidence motion by 10 am on on Wednesday the behalf of the party.
In a major boost for the UPA government as it gets ready for the Winter Session of Parliament that begins on Thursday, CNN-IBN has learnt from government sources that BSP chief Mayawati has asked her 21 MPs not to side with the Opposition on the FDI in retail issue. Mayawati reportedly took the decision late on Wednesday night.
The opposition has been planning to corner the government over FDI in retail. The government has been claiming it has the numbers. Maya's reported move comes hours before Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress brings a no-confidence motion against the government. It promises to be a stormy session.
The coalgate stand-off washed out the Monsooon session of Parliament. As the MPs meet for 20 sittings of the winter session, signs that it too could go the same route have been looming large. The anxiety in the government camp is apparent.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, "Parliament belongs to all parties. We will truly work for convergence so we can get out of this mould of disruptions for the past three sessions."
On the government's agenda are 25 bills for consideration. 10 bills have been listed to be introduced. The opposition wants debate on a host of issues from hike in diesel prices, to LPG caps, but topping the agenda chart is the FDI in multi-brand retail.
So, far Mamata's no-confidence motion has found no takers. She may have reached out to the Left Front and the Opposition to topple the UPA 2, but both have indicated that a debate and voting in the house on FDI are better as this would also ensure a consensus among the non-Congress parties and a no-confidence option shouldn't be exhausted at this stage.
Now the fate of this session largely depends upon the government's strategy whether it would allow what it calls is a legislative interference to an executive decision. And what the two UP parties, BSP and SP, who have bailed out the government on several occasions do.
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