The government and the Opposition joined hands to flay Western forces pounding of strongholds of Libyan leader Muamer Gaddafi, saying 'external powers' cannot decide the regime change in that country.
The Lok Sabha saw an impromptu discussion on the issue when SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav raised it. Members of the Left and BJP as well other parties condemned the air strikes on Libya by the allied forces.
Responding to the concerns expressed by members, Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee said the government had already expressed its unhappiness over the intervention of allied countries against Libya. "No external powers should interfere in it.... What is happening in Libya is an internal affair of that country."
He said, "Nobody, no two or three countries can take a decision to change a particular regime in a third country. Whether a regime will change or not will depend on the people of that particular country, not by any external forces."
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said: "The Lok Sabha has to condemn the attack on Libya. Innocent civilians have been killed and Parliament cannot keep quiet."
Basudeb Acharia (CPM) said the House should condemn the brutal attack on Libya and recalled that earlier the Lok Sabha had deplored the aggression of Iraq by the US.
CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said he appreciated the Indian government's stand but 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."
NDA convenor Sharad Yadav said, "We are against Gadaffi but do not believe in NATO bombings. It is a war for oil. India must take a strong position against it."
The UNSC had last week adopted a resolution, calling for an immediate ceasefire and authorised all necessary measures for protecting civilians in Libya from Gaddafi’s forces.