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3:16 pm - Wednesday January 20, 7104

RS adjourned for day over Manmohan issue

New Delhi,

Main Opposition Congress on Wednesday continued with protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s allegations that his predecessor Manmohan Singh had conspired with Pakistan to influence the outcome of the Assembly elections in Gujarat.

The uproar led to repeated adjournments of the proceedings, the last one for the day.
As soon as the House reassembled in the post-lunch session, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress had for the last few days been demanding that the PM give a clarification over his allegations made against Dr Singh during an election rally in Gujarat.

On Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s ruling that there was no question of an apology from the PM as the allegations were levelled outside the House, Mr Azad said,’’ We never asked for an apology from the premier.

We only want to make it clear to the House that the remarks made by the PM during the campaigning for the Gujarat assembly polls were made just to win elections and that he is withdrawing his words.’’Soon after, members of the Congress entered the well of the House shouting slogans asking the PM to withdraw his words.

Amid the uproar, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to move for consideration the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill.However, nothing could be heard in the din.

When repeated pleas by the chair to Members to allow the House to function fell on deaf ears, he adjourned the proceedings for the day.Earlier, the Congress had created uproar during the Zero Hour and the Question Hour on the issue.Mr Venkaiah Naidu ruled out any apology from the PM, asserting no statement was made on the floor of the House.

As soon as Question Hour commenced, Congress members were on their feet demanding an apology from Mr Modi for his charges during Gujarat election campaign that Dr Singh had conspired with Pakistan.

Asking Congress members to allow the Question Hour to run, Mr Naidu said nobody is going to give apology. No statement was made inside the House.“There is no practice of suspending business of the House over statements made outside
the House,’he said before adjourning the proceedings till after lunch.

There appears to be no end to the stalemate over the issue as the Congress party,which was earlier insisting on an apology from Mr Modi, is now seeking that he withdraw his words which, it affirms, had damaged the dignity and prestige of a sitting member of the House who is also a former Prime Minister.

An attempt was made on Tuesday to reach an understanding between the BJP and the Opposition in a specially convened meeting but it failed to yield any result.

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