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Stop drama in Parliament: PM to BJP
December 07, 2005 17:44 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to 'stop all the drama' being staged in Parliament in the name of the Volcker Committee report on Iraq's Oil-for-Food programme.
"I have received the resignation letter of Natwar Singh from the Union Cabinet," he told reporters, while returning from Moscow at the end of his three-day official visit to Russia.
To repeated questions, he indicated that the resignation would be accepted immediately. "When I reach Delhi, you will know about it," Dr Singh said when asked if the resignation was being accepted.
He, however, did not say when he would meet Natwar Singh. "We will meet when it is convenient for both of us," he said.
Launching broadsides against the opposition for disrupting Parliament, he said the BJP was attempting to divert the attention of the people from its own 'internal problems' - "The BJP is facing a lot of problems, especially in Madhya Pradesh, where the party is in the midst of the leadership turmoil due to expulsions."
Dr Singh said it was in everybody's interest to allow Parliament to function smoothly - "Political parties force people to do things, which are not in the interest of the country."
On whether he had any regrets over the turn of events in the Natwar Singh resignation issue, he replied in the negative.