Demand in Lok Sabha to condemn airstrikes on Libya

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 16:21

New Delhi: A strong demand that Lok Sabha
should unanimously pass a resolution condemning airstrikes on
Libya by allied forces was made by several parties with the
government saying it had already expressed unhappiness over
the action.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue which led to
an impromptu discussion with almost all members ranging from
the Left to the BJP condemning the air strikes on Libya by the
US-led allied forces.

At the same time, they expressed their support to those
striving for democracy in the north African oil-rich nation
ruled for over four decades by Col Muammar Gaddafi.

"The Lok Sabha has to condemn the attack on Libya.
Innocent civilians have been killed and Parliament cannot keep
quiet," Yadav said.

Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M) said the House should condemn the
brutal attack on Libya and recalled that the Lok Sabha had
deplored the aggression of Iraq by the US.

He, as also Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), appreciated the stand
taken by the government on Libya, but said it was not enough.

"In the name of unseating Gadaffi, thousands of innocent
Libyans are being killed in the NATO bombings. Another Iraq
and another Afghanistan is being created," Dasgupta said.

"We are against Gadaffi but do not believe in NATO
bombings. It is a war for oil," he said.

NDA convenor Sharad Yadav termed the attacks on Libya as a
serious matter and wanted India to take a strong position
against it.

Associating with the views expressed by the members,
Yashwant Sinha (BJP) supported a unanimous resolution of the
House condemning the external aggression against Libya.

"We are extremely concerned about what is happening in
Libya. We are completely with the democratic forces struggling
against an authoritarian regime. We are against any military
intervention to enforce regime change," Sinha said calling for
an immediate ceasefire.

Mehboob Beg (NC) appreciated the stand taken by the
government and pitched for a middle path to provide succor to
the Libyan people.

"America`s coercive tactics have been increasing over the
years. It treats the UN Security Council as its pet cat,"
Sharifuddin Shariq (NC) said.

Ratan Singh Ajnala (SAD) and Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) said
their parties associated with the views expressed by the
members, while Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (RJD) said Parliament
should not be a mute spectator.

PTI




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