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NDA to consider Speaker's conduct on Singur episode

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The BJP today said a meeting of NDA will discuss ways of expressing its ''anguish'' over the 'attitude' of the Speaker Somnath Chatterjee in handling the Opposition's protest against the arrest of BJP President Rajnath Singh over the Singur issue.

Speaking to newspersons after the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the NDA leaders will be meeting at the chambers of Leader of Opposition L K Advani, but declined a specific reply on if the Opposition contemplated a 'No-Confidence Motion'.

The NDA has passed resolutions expressing its regret about the conduct of Mr Chatterjee in the past but stopped short of moving any motion in the House, knowing full well that they have no majority for the House to pass the resolution.

Mr Malhotra said Mr Advani, who addressed the BJP MPs, regretted the way the House was conducted ''disallowing'' an opportunity for the Opposition to raise the issue of the arrest of their President.

He had raised the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Kumar Mukherjee. He had conveyed to them the Opposition's displeasure on the way the ruling party had carried out the government's business.

Mr Advani said the BJP was not against the Special Economic Zones but it does not mean that the government could ''snatch'' lands from the farmers without providing adequate compensation as required under the law.

When the party was trying to highlight and expose the anti-farmers attitude of the Left Front, they were unfairly denied an opportunity in the country's highest democratic forum, Mr Malhotra said.

The meeting also congratulated Mr Rajnath Singh on getting re-elected as BJP President in the recently concluded organisational elections and top leaders including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr Advani and Mr Jaswant Singh assured him 'total cooperation' from the Parliamentary Party.

Mr Advani expressed his happiness about the BJP's performance in Parliament as the principal Opposition party in Parliament be it protest against the Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh, resignation of Coal Minister Shibu Soren or aquisition of land at Singur by West Bengal government.

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