BJP slams PM for absence from Lok Sabha
Soon after External Affairs Minister S M Krishna made a statement in the House on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to India on April 8, BJP member Jaswant Singh stood up to register his protest over the absence of the Prime Minister Singh from the House.
The former External Affairs Minister maintained that the Prime Minister should have made the statement as the visit involved a Head of State and shared with the House what exactly transpired during his deliberations with Zardari.
"This statement pertains to a Head of State. Parliamentary propriety demands that the Prime Minister should have made this statement," he said.
He, however, clarified that he was not questioning the competence of the External Affairs Minister.
Jaswant Singh also alleged that the Prime Minister is rarely present in the House.
He expressed concern over the Prime Minister's absence, particularly when important issues were being discussed and his presence was required.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
Date 06-12-13, Duration 2:11, Views 210