"The whole House is one that what has happened is very
heinous and we have to counter it," he said.
The Prime Minister was responding to an agitated
opposition and some of the NDA allies who raised a hue and cry
over the killing of 30 innocent people by terrorists as soon
as the House assembled for the day and took up Question Hour.
"This question is not such that we have to raise it on
partisan lines. The question of adjournment motion does not
arise," Vajpayee said and offered to call a meeting of
opposition leaders to discuss the issue and requested members
not to disturb Question Hour.
"If you want I can call a meeting of opposition leaders to
discuss the issue but there is no need to disturb the Question
Hour," the Prime Minister said.
Vajpayee said Home Minister L K Advani made a statement
in the House yesterday and Defence Minister George Fernandes
is currently taking an on-the-spot assessment of the situation
and interacting with army. Fernandes is due to return by
tomorrow and the Home Minister is not here today, he said.
Deputy Leader of Congress Shivraj Patil welcomed
Vajpayee's statement. He said Congress President Sonia Gandhi
is going to Kashmir today.
"We may discuss it, if necessary, in whatever fashion the
Speaker and leaders think. If we discuss that matter,
there will probably be a better understanding," Patil said.
As the issue again figured during Zero Hour,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan said a
structured discussion could take place in the House after the
Prime Minister hold an all-party meeting.
BJP member Madan Lal Khurana said yesterday's terrorist
killings was the most major attack after the December 13
strike on Parliament and suggested adoption of a resolution by
the House condemning the massacre.
"Pakistan should be told that enough is enough," Khurana
Although several members had given notice to raise the
issue, Speaker Manohar Joshi said they could speak when the
discussion takes place.
Earlier during the Question Hour, Mamata Banerjee
(Trinamool Congress) and Anant Geete (Shiv Sena), both allies
of the ruling NDA, asked Government to come out with full
details on the killings, which had shocked the entire nation.
Congress Chief Whip Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said the members
would like to know from Government how it proposed to deal
with such a situation.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav voiced
happiness that the Prime Minister had offered to hold an
all-party meeting on the issue.
Stating the Prime Minister is responsible for everything,
Yadav said he should not pass on the buck saying Defence
Minister and Home Minister are not in the capital. What
happened yesterday was bound to set in discontent in army, he
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