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NDA to press for adjournment motion on Mumbai blasts

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, July 23 (UNI) The Monsoon Session of Parliament will begin on a stormy note tomorrow with the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) pressing for an Adjournment Motion on the recent serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and making it clear to the Government that it would oppose the Office of Profit Bill if it was reintroduced in Parliament in the present form.

President APJ Abdul Kalam had sent back the bill on Office of Profit to the Government for reconsideration. But the Cabinet had decided to reintroduce it without making any amendments to the Bill, earlier passed by Parliament.

Talking to newspersons after the customary all-party meeting convened by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on the eve of Parliament session, BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the NDA would press for the adjournment motion on the Mumbai Blasts on the very first day of the session tomorrow and they might disturb the proceedings if it was not accepted.

The Speaker said that acceptance of the Adjournment Motion would depend on the language used by the NDA in the notice which had not yet come to him. Mr Chatterjee said he was ready to accommodate as many issues as possible, subject to the rules and availability of time.

Prof Malhotra said that the Mumbai bomb blasts was a very serious issue in which at least 200 people were killed and about 700 injured. It was a failure of the internal security on the part of the Government which did not take any timely pre-emptive action despite information from the intelligence agencies.

Holding the Government's ''soft'' anti-terrorist policy responsible for the spurt of violence, he said the ultras seemed to be so emboldened that they were carrying out their activities with impunity.

The 70-odd issues identified by the BJP included the alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba men having been appointed in the Indian Air Force, steep rise in prices of essential commodities, Indo-US Nuclear Agreement, farmers' suicides, and opening of retail sector to FDI.

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