Govt, Oppn spar over compensation to 26/11 victims

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New Delhi, Nov 26: Opposition Leader LK Advani's demand to provide relief to people affected by 26/11 led to a heated exchange between Pranab Mukherjee and BJP MPs in Lok Sabha Thursday, Nov 26.

Raising the issue during zero hour, Advani asked the home ministry to coordinate the relief and rehabilitation efforts to provide relief to the people affected by the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.

Advani said the Maharashtra government, central government and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) have assured proper relief and rehabilitation to people hit by the Mumbai terror strike in 2008.

Soon after Advani's speech, Speaker Meira Kumar invited Congress MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi to raise another matter.

But BJP leader Ananth Kumar asked the government to respond to Advani's demand, pointing to Pranab Mukherjee's presence in the house.

An agitated Pranab said, "I have come only to listen to him (Advani). Not to hear from you (Ananth Kumar)," Pranab said, adding every zero hour reference could not be answered.

This remark led to heated exchange of words between Mukherjee and BJP MPs, led by Ananth Kumar.

"You are making politics on 26/11," Mukherjee shouted.

Finally, Meira Kumar pacified the MPs, saying "today is a very solemn day. We (the house) paid our condolences and passed a resolution (on 26/11)."

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