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Differences within UPA responsible for nil business transacted in Parliament: Jaitley

Amritsar, Mon, 05 Dec 2011 ANI

Amritsar, Dec 5 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley has said that differences within the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) are responsible for nil business being transacted in the Parliament.


"The main reason behind the logjam in the functioning of the Parliament is due to the divide within the UPA and the Congress party. The truth is getting revealed slowly and difference of opinions between them that is stalling the Parliament," Jaitley told the media here.


Jaitley further reiterated his party's stand on allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, terming the move as wrong.


"Our stand is very clear, and that is, if we see the current economic condition of the country, there is no need of foreign direct investment in the retail sector. If they try to enforce it, then both manufacturing and retail sector will incur massive loss towards the country's industrial growth," said Jaitley.


The government had last month approved 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retail, paving the way for the entry of firms such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour into one of the world's largest untapped markets.n the issue of the Lokpal Bill, Jaitley asserted that the opposition would not allow the government to bring in an inefficient anti-corruption law.


"This government wants a weak Lokpal (Ombudsman) Bill and the BJP will not accept it," he said.


Proceedings of Parliament have been abruptly called off every day so far since the 21-day Winter Session, which began on November 22, because of the din raised by legislators bawling at each other across the floor of the house. (ANI)


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