BJP, CPI-M want vote on FDI in retail

 Opposition parties, including the BJP and the CPI-M, pressed Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to allow their notices for a debate on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail Thursday, the first day of parliament's winter session.

The speaker said their notices for a debate under Rule 184, which entails voting, were under consideration.

Leader of Opposition and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sushma Swaraj spoke from her seat and stressed that a debate on foreign investment in multi-brand retail should be allowed as the government had violated its earlier assurance of consulting parties over the issue.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist raised slogans demanding a debate and a vote on the issue.

Differences with the government saw the Lok Sabha being adjourned repeatedly.

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