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Left to distance itself from NDA's 'aggressive' stance in Winter session
November 23, 2005 19:56 IST
The Left parties Wednesday resolved to distance themselves from any "aggressive" action of the National Democratic Alliance during the winter session of Parliament, saying it would only weaken the country's parliamentary system.
They also resolved to raise at least 17 issues, in particular, the country's independent foreign policy, India's position in the forthcoming World Trade Organisation meet, government's move to reduce the rate of interest on EPF and government's decision to raise FDI cap to 74% in the telecom sector.
Briefing newspersons on the joint meeting of Parliament group -- the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India, Revolutionary Socialist Party and the Forward Bloc -- the Left leaders today said they would cooperate in the smooth conduct of business and discuss even the contentious issues under the rules and procedures of business.
At a press conference held inside Parliament House, CPI-M parliamentary group leader in the Rajya Sabha Nilotpal Basu and CPI floor leader in the Lok Sabha Gurudas Dasgupta said, "The NDA is out to disturb and disrupt the business of the House." They said the NDA had decided to disrupt the House even as there are a number of issues, which demands serious discussion to protect people's interests.
"Let there be a debate. Let people know the issues. Their move is to weaken our pious and glorious institution of democracy." Emboldened by the Bihar assembly poll results, the NDA Wednesday resolved to move an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha and a motion under Rule 167 in the Rajya Sabha for a debate on the revelation made by the Mitrokhin Archive, Volcker report and former United Nations diplomat Daniel P Moynihan.
Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership denied their intention to disrupt the proceedings or stage a walk-out, the Left leaders told UNI that "it is the assessement of the Left parties. They ( NDA) have given an impression that they will disrupt the proceedings." RSP leader and member of Parliament Manoj Bhattacharjee, CPI(M) parliament group leader in the Lok Sabha Basu Dev Bhattacharjee and Forward Bloc leader Bir Singh Mahto were also present at the press conference.