An all-party meeting in India has failed to break a deadlock over opposition demands to reverse a decision to open up the retail market to global supermarket chains.
On Thursday, the cabinet agreed to allow 51% foreign ownership of multi-brand retail stores. It is an executive decision and does not need a vote.
But opposition politicians say the move will damage India's small retailers.
And parliament has been in uproar, adjourned repeatedly over the issue.
A leader of one of the opposition parties, Satish Mishra, told reporters after Tuesday's meeting that the government had asked for more time "to think on the issue".
Opposition politicians said at the meeting that they would not allow parliament to function until the government rescinded the decision.