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No Hindi copies, House debate off

Tuesday’s Lok Sabha debate on the Liberhan report has been put off . The decision came after SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s complaint to Speaker Meira Kumar that copies of the report’s Hindi translation was yet to be made available to MPs

india Updated: Dec 01, 2009 00:59 IST
HT Correspondent

Tuesday’s Lok Sabha debate on the Liberhan report has been put off.

The decision came after SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s complaint to Speaker Meira Kumar that copies of the report’s Hindi translation was yet to be made available to MPs. Kumar then contacted BJP deputy leader Sushma Swaraj, who left it to the Speaker to decide.

Leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee told Kumar that the copies would be ready by Thursday. No new date for the debate has been fixed.

The issue of non-availability of the report’s Hindi version had not cropped up when the Lok Sabha’s business advisory committee decided to schedule the debate for Tuesday.

Indicted not to speak

The BJP found a way to end the scramble among its MPs to speak on the report in Parliament to impress the RSS. The party has decided no one who was indicted by the panel will speak.

This means even senior leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will not participate in the discussion.

Only BJP president Rajnath Singh, who will initiate the debate on behalf of the party, and Swaraj will participate. Between them, they will share 58 minutes allotted to the BJP.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and senior leader M. Venkaiah Naidu were to speak on behalf of BJP in the Upper House.

“We have taken a conscious decision that leaders whose names appear in the accused list will not speak during the discussions,” a leader said today.

“When there are so many MPs, then why should those whose name appears in the list of accused defend themselves?”

Another leader said: “By limiting the speakers to only two, the BJP plans to give each person more time to put forth the party’s stand.”