PM going on foreign visit during Parliament session wrong: BJP
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 20:41
New Delhi: BJP on Thursday took a critical view of the Prime Minister's decision to go on a ten-day long foreign tour when the winter session of Parliament is on and alleged it amounted to showing disrespect to the legislative body.

"Parliamentary etiquette demands that the Prime Minister should plan his foreign visits in a manner that it does not clash with a Parliament session," Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is leaving for the US on November 21. From Washington, he will leave for Port-of-Spain on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day) to attend a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). He will return to New Delhi on November 30.

Swaraj alleged the absence of the Prime Minister when the winter session is on, in a way showed disrespect to Parliament.

However, the senior BJP leader added that in some circumstances, like attending an international summit, the Prime Minister would have little option but to go on a foreign visit.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 20:41

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