No business in RS over uproar on Sri Lankan Tamil issue

 
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No business in RS over uproar on SL row
New Delhi, Mar 13: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday failed to transact any business as DMK and AIADMK members disrupted proceedings repeatedly, demanding an assurance from the government that it will support a resolution at the UN against the Sri Lankan for alleged atrocities on ethnic Tamils.

Members from Tamil Nadu raised the issue as soon as the House met for the day, which was to be the first working day of the budget session after the Presidential address in the joint sitting yesterday.

The members forced three adjournments till 2 PM before the final one for the day.

DMK members were demanding that India should support a resolution moved by the US, France and Norway in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) against the alleged atrocities committed on Sri Lankan Tamils during the island nation's civil war.

DMK was joined by members of its rival AIADMK and Left parties in seeking a response from the government on the stand India would take on the resolution.

The Government agreed to make a statement on the issue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said, "the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will reach Delhi today evening. Tomorrow he will make a statement." But, members disagreed and sought a statement today itself.

However, the members were unrelenting and amid uproar the House was adjourned till noon.

Soon after the House reassembled for Zero Hour, the agitating members trooped into the well not paying heed to repeated pleas by Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan, leading to its adjournment for 15 minutes and then again till 2 PM.

PTI

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