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BJP mulls stalling Parliament till Beni apologises

The controversy over a derogatory statement made against Atal Bihari Vajpayee by a Congress member during the Liberhan report debate in Lok Sabha on Tuesday is not likely to die down soon with BJP mulling over stalling of Parliament till he apologises for his remarks.

delhi Updated: Dec 08, 2009 20:34 IST

The controversy over a derogatory statement made against Atal Bihari Vajpayee by a Congress member during the Liberhan report debate in Lok Sabha on Tuesday is not likely to die down soon with BJP mulling over stalling of Parliament till he apologises for his remarks.

"I am today both sad and angry at the way the Home Minister replied to the debate even as the BJP members raised the issue of insult to Vajpayeeji. Even in the din, he continued to reply and nobody bothered to listen to the issue that was being raised by BJP," Deputy Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters.

She lamented that it happened despite assuring the Speaker that the House will "start functioning in 20 seconds" provided Congress member Beni Prasad Verma apologised for "insulting" Vajpayee.

While young MPs Shahnawaz Hussain and Kirti Azad are demanding that BJP should not permit Parliament to function till Verma apologises, Swaraj said a Parliamentary Party meeting will be held tomorrow morning to decide the future course of action.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley seemed to suggest that Verma should apologise. "How could the debate continue without an apology from Verma? How can he be allowed to go away without an apology?" he asked. "People are upset that the government has trivialised the debate. 20 more members had to speak. Opposition against the insult to Atalji and comments on Advani were not taken up," he added.