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Advani complains to PM over Speaker's conduct

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 12:27 IST

The main Opposition BJP has taken its complaint against Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but decided not to disrupt House proceedings.

Leader of Opposition LK Advani, who met Singh during an event on Monday evening, told him that the Speaker carried on with House business amid din and did not allow the BJP to raise its objections over the arrest of its chief Rajnath Singh.

"He (Advani) told the Prime Minister that the Opposition wants discussions to go on but the Speaker's behaviour is inappropriate and unacceptable and creates hurdles in the smooth running of the House instead," senior BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra told reporters on Tuesday after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party.

Leaders of the NDA are meeting on Wednesday to decide their next move over the Speaker's conduct.

The BJP, however, has no immediate plans to disrupt proceedings in protest against Chatterjee.

"As requested by the Prime Minister, the BJP will allow the House to function. But NDA leaders will meet tomorrow to discuss next moves over the Speaker's behaviour," Malhotra said.

Advani also spoke to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee over the phone over the party's row with the Speaker.

The party, he added, has sought discussion over land acquisition in Left-ruled West Bengal for a motor project.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh, whose arrest in Singur triggered an uproar in Parliament on Monday, told that he would visit West Bengal again.

"We are opposed to acquisition of farm land. Farmers' rights have to be protected," he said.