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Cong to move privilege motion against Sushma

delhi Updated: Mar 18, 2011 23:22 IST

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The Congress has decided to move the breach of privilege motion against Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj for defying Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar's ruling, according to sources.

Earlier today, the WikiLeaks expose on the alleged 'cash-for-votes' scam in 2008 disrupted Parliament proceedings, as a united Opposition demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the matter.

Soon after the Lok Sabha assembled, the speaker asked Swaraj to move a calling attention on the problems being faced by Indian fishermen due to frequent attacks by Sri Lankan Navy.

However, Swaraj said "the government has lost its moral right to rule" after the expose of the contents of the American diplomatic cables alleging that the UPA-I government had bribed MPs to win the 2008 trust vote after the Left parties withdrew support on the Indo-US nuclear deal.... (hence) it is not possible to call attention of any minister of this government."

Swaraj demanded a statement from the Prime Minister.

Rising in her support, BJP Parliamentary party chief LK Advani pointed out that when Swaraj started her speech on Thursday too, "the entire treasury bench was on its feet" trying to prevent her from speaking.

Countering them, parliamentary affairs minister PK Bansal strongly objected to Swaraj raising the WikiLeaks issue instead of calling attention of the government on the issue of fishermen listed by her.

"I agree that the Leader of the Opposition has the right to raise any issue in the House, but during Calling Attention she should stick to the subject," Bansal said.

Swaraj again demanded that the Prime Minister should come to the House and make a statement.

"The entire country is waiting for the Prime Minister to make a statement and explain. This is disrespect to the House."

The entire Opposition was on its feet and shouted slogans -'Call the PM' and 'PM come to the House'.

This led the speaker to adjourn the House till 12:15am.