Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution on Thursday in the wake of the Mumbai terror strikes to send out a signal that parties stood united in their resolve to battle terrorism.
Parliament had passed a resolution in 2003 to deplore the US-led aggression on Iraq and earlier in 1994 to emphasise that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir is an integral part of the country.
The proposal for a resolution was broadly agreed upon at the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday. “Everyone was of the view that the House should adopt a resolution on terror,’’ said a participant.
The Speaker, sources said, then asked the government to talk to floor leaders to ensure there are no differences on the issue. In 2003, the ruling NDA and the Opposition Congress were divided on the phraseology of the resolution on Iraq.
On Thursday, Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee will hold an all-party meeting to finalise the resolution. He discussed the issue with Leader of Opposition L K Advani. The Congress Parliamentary Party executive, chaired by Sonia Gandhi, also discussed the matter.
The resolution is likely to be adopted after Home Minister P Chidambaram’s statement on issue and a discussion in both Houses.
At the Speaker’s meeting, however, opinion was divided on whether the resolution should be the starting point for a debate or should follow a discussion. Many in the Opposition want a debate before adopting a resolution.