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BJP flays President's speech in Parliament

February 25, 2008 17:08 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party's parliamentary spokesperson Vijay Kumar Malhotra has in consultation with the party's leadership sent as many as 50 amendments to the speech made by the President Pratibha Patil on the opening day of Budget session of Parliament.

"We will be extending support to the President's address and will keep on saying that the issues which needed to have been taken up, were not been touched by the Honourable President of India," he said while addressing a press conference to put forward the party's point of view.

He said that the Presidential speech, which was nothing more than a ritual of the so called achievements of the government in power, did not mention anything about the growing gap between the rich and the poor and how it would be narrowed down.

"Nor has anything been mentioned about the exodus of Hindi-speaking labourers from Assam, migrant workers in Mumbai, how to stop commercialisation in the field of medical treatment. Likewise, there is no mention of providing clean drinking water to the people," he said.

He expressed his party's anguish of the government's inability to deal with the internal security of the country "while the National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and daily feedback from the Intelligence Bureau speak of threats from the terrorist groups," Malhotra pointed out.

He wanted to know why the government did not say anything on the death penalty being given to Afzal Guru for the attack on Indian Parliament.

He asked why the Indian government was reluctant to raise the issue of reservation for women in Parliament.

Onkar Singh in New Delhi