Demand in Lok Sabha to condemn airstrikes on Libya

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.