Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Get news updates:
Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article

Home > News > PTI

Senior ministers should be present during N-deal debate in Parl: Speaker

November 14, 2007 15:36 IST

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday said that all senior ministers should be present during the debate on the India-United States nuclear agreement in Parliament next week in the absence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] who will be on an international visit.

Chatterjee played down the Opposition's objection over Singh's visit abroad during the debate on the nuclear deal, saying the Prime Minister cannot avoid traveling as he is required to represent the country.

After a luncheon meeting with leaders of political parties, Chatterjee said senior ministers would be asked to be present in the House in the Prime Minister's absence.

The winter session of Parliament will begin on Thursday and a debate on the nuclear deal is on top of the agenda.

Singh will visit Singapore on November 20 for the ASEAN summit following which he will go to Uganda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet.

The BJP has said that it is essential that the Prime Minister is present in the House during the debate.

© Copyright 2007 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.