Govt not interested in allowing Parliament to function: Jaitley

Terming the insistence on a debate on FDI in retail without voting as "unreasonable", BJP leader Arun Jaitley today said the government was not interested in allowing Parliament to function.

"The argument of the government that there must be a debate without a vote...absolutely has no basis," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said.

He said, "there are voting provisions in the regulations for the conduct of both houses of the Parliament-- and therefore those regulations are not futile.

"They were not enacted without a purpose-- the whole essence of the democracy is voting-- the will of the people --the will of sovereign".

The BJP leader said that for the government to contend that the issue must be talked about but never voted upon is "without any basis".

"Voting and democracy co-exist-- they are not alien to each other. By raising such an unreasonable and unacceptable argument, the government is showing its intentions that it does not want the session of Parliament to continue," he said.

"I think government is not interested in allowing the session to continue," Jaitley told reporters at a function to pay tributes to former minister Girdhari Lal Dogra on his 25th death anniversary here.

Replying to the question of hanging of Afzal Guru, he said, "well the law must take its own course-- after all sentence has been upheld by Supreme Court.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who was the chief guest at the function refused to speak to reporters.

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