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Modi remarks on Manmohan: Govt counts on Christmas for peace in Parliament

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu called on leaders of both the parties to negotiate a solution before the winter session resumer after Christmas break.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2017 11:35 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Opposition members protest inside the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday during the ongoing winter session of Parliament. (TV grab/PTI)

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is expecting a smooth winter session of Parliament after the Christmas break as both the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress agreed to try to resolve the stalemate.

The session, which commenced on December 15, was marred by disruptions over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during electioneering in Gujarat.

Both the Houses were adjourned on Friday till December 27.

Sources said that after the upper House got adjourned due to disruption on Friday, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu called leaders of the treasury bench and the Congress and asked them to negotiate a solution.

Modi had accused Singh and some other Congress leaders of holding a meeting with Pakistani officials to conspire against the BJP. The former premier as well as the Congress party took serious exception to the allegation and demanded an apology from the Prime Minister.

It was earlier suggested that a minister and a Congress leader will make statements in the Parliament to clarify their positions over the controversy.

Naidu has already indicated that he cannot ask the Prime Minister to clarify his remark, as demanded by the Opposition, as the incident happened in Gujarat and not inside the House.

At an informal meeting held with senior party leaders on Tuesday morning, the Vice President stressed that he was “bound by house rules” and asked the two sides to resolve the issue.

Sources said representatives of both parties – including finance minister Arun Jaitley, who is also leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, and leader of the Opposition in the upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad – agreed to try and resolve the impasse.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 11:29 IST