session of Parliament begins
New Delhi: Ahead of
winter session of Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on
Thursday urged the opposition parties to come together and discuss all
issues and challenges facing the nation. "I invite all political
parties to join hands in this vital national endeavour," said the
Manmohan Singh said:
"We all have an obligation, in opposition as well as in
government, to work together to enable our parliamentary
The PM also said that the
country was facing many problems on the economic front arising out of
the consequences of global economic slowdown.
"We need to increase
investments in infrastructure sectors and social services like health
and education to accelerate economic growth," he said.
"We need to create new
jobs on a large enough scale to provide gainful employment to our
youth," he also added.
Manmohan Singh also said
that the government was ready to discuss all issues on the floor of
both the Houses.
"Our Parliament has a
very heavy Legislative agenda during the Winter Session. I seek
cooperation from my colleagues in the House," he also added.
UPA government and the opposition are to lock horns on Thursday as Parliament re-opens for a crucial winter session that will see a recent string of pro-market reforms being hotly contested.
dinner for BJP leaders tonight
New Delhi: Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh will meet top BJP leaders over dinner on
Thursday in a bid to narrow down differences with principal opposition
party over contentious issues including FDI in multi-brand retail
during the winter session of Parliament.
Manmohan Singh has invited
BJP Parliamentary party chief LK Advani, Lok Sabha opposition leader
Sushma Swaraj and Rajya Sabha opposition leader Arun Jaitley to the
The Prime Minister returned
to the country on Tuesday night after a two-day visit to Cambodia for
the Asean Summit.
The dinner meeting,
rescheduled from last Saturday due to the death of Shiv Sena chief Bal
Thackeray, will come in the wake of an all-party meet called by Lok
Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar resulting in a logjam over the opposition's
stringency on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.
While the Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) and Left parties want a debate on FDI in retail through a
voting provision in parliament, ally-turned-foe Trinamool Congress
plans a no confidence motion.
Sushma Swaraj said after
the all-party meeting with the speaker on Wednesday that the lowe
move: Mamata gives notice
New Delhi: Undeterred
by the lack of numbers, the Trinamool Congress, a former ally of
Congress, on Thursday moved a no-confidence motion against the UPA
government for its decision to allow FDI in the retail sector.
According to reports,
Trinamool Congress MPs gave a notice regarding the no-confidence
motion against the ruling UPA regime to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar
soon after the Parliament convened for the Winter Session.
The TMC moves comes even as
the Shiv Sena has pressed for the adjournment of Parliament as a mark
of respect to departed party chief Bal Thackeray.
Mamata Banerjee’s party
had earlier said that it would table the no-confidence motion just
before the sitting on the first day of the session of the House.
TMC MP Saugata Roy
confirmed the development saying, “Party Chief Mamata Banerjee has
directed all the party MPs, except Kabir Suman, to be present in the
Lok Sabha today. We will certainly move the no-trust motion against
the UPA government today.”