Advani lauds role of opposition in Parliament session
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 23:32
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Tuesday hailed the unity among opposition parties witnessed during the current session of Parliament, saying the government's efforts to break it had failed.

The Leader of Opposition appreciated the role played by his party MPs during the session that began on November 19 and congratulated for their performance, particularly on issues like Liberhan Commission report, sugarcane prices, the 1984 riots issue and Climate Change.

"In his address, Advani expressed satisfaction that BJP's role as the main opposition has been impressive in the ongoing Parliament session and congratulated the MPs for it," Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said.

The main opposition was on the offensive on the Liberhan Commission debate with Swaraj, party president Rajnath Singh, and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, first on the leakage of the report and later on its contents.

Advani also lauded the role of other opposition parties during the ongoing Parliament session.

He said this Parliament session has been different from the earlier sessions also due to the clearly visible unity among opposition parties. "Be it the sugarcane issue, price rise, climate change or the debate on Indo-China, the opposition spoke in one voice," Swaraj said quoting Advani.

The former Deputy Prime Minister alleged that the government had tried to break the unity by leaking the Liberhan Commission report but the opposition was together in demanding tabling of this report.

"Other parties cornered the government even more than the BJP in the Liberhan Commission report debate," Swaraj insisted.

She alleged that the government appeared "to be confused and in a dilemma" during this Parliament session, especially on the demand for formation of Telengana state, Climate Change and the demand for Justice P D Dinakaran's impeachment. "Government has been speaking in different voices in both Houses of Parliament," she said.

BJP is happy with its performance in major debates as well as the Calling Attention Motions. It raised issues like plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka, matters related to the 1984 riots and even increasing cases of Japanese Encephalitis in Gorakhpur which has led to the death of hundreds of children.

It is hopeful of putting the government on the mat on Climate Change when a debate takes place on the Copenhagen summit on December 21.


First Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 23:32

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