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Declare Mulford persona non grata: MPs

Raising the issue in LS, CPI (M) accused the US Ambassador of transgressing diplomatic limits and demanded his recall.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 15:52 IST

US envoy David Mulford on Monday came under sharp attack in Parliament for his controversial remarks on India's vote on the Iran issue with RJD, DMK and Left parties joining the BJP-led opposition in demanding recall of the Ambassador.

Mulford was in the eye of the storm both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha with some Left party leaders demanding that he be declared persona non grata and asked to leave the country forthwith.

The attack comes over a week before President George W Bush's visit to India.

The members were equally peeved over the envoy's action in writing a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the wake of his attack on US President George W Bush in a party rally.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, CPI (M) Basudeb Acharia accused the US Ambassador of transgressing diplomatic limits and demanded his recall.

Achari, who was supported by several members from the Opposition as also the ruling side, questioned whether any envoy can directly write to a Chief Minister and demanded a statement from Government.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi said he would convey to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the concern of members.

"Our Government and our nation have not in the past compromised with national dignity and honour and authority of Parliament," the Minister said.

Dissatisfied with Government's reponses, Left parties, Samajwadi Party, BSP and even RJD, part of the ruling UPA, staged a walkout.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 15:52 IST