Friday, April 16, 2010

Opposition pats Chidambaram

Anita Saluja
First Published : 16 Apr 2010 02:22:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 16 Apr 2010 11:05:11 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Hitting out more at the Congress than Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, the Opposition on Thursday united in both Houses to condemn divisions in the ruling party and the UPA for the failure to prevent Dantewada-like tragedies.

Leading the charge, the BJP accused the Congress of forging an alliance with Maoists for electoral gains, which left the Treasury benches fuming in the Lok Sabha.
Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha pointed out how Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh challenged the Union Home Minister, thereby challenging the entire policy of the Government on tackling Maoist violence. “When a senior leader of the ruling Congress challenges the Home Minister, it is not just the Home Minister but the whole Government that he targets,” he said. He sarcastically noted that while the BJP played the role of constructive Opposition and that it was the Congress that wanted his resignation.

In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley asked Chidambaram to ignore the advice of the half-Maoists in his own party and counter the UPA allies, assuring him that the nation and the Opposition will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Government.

“Look at the paradox. We, the Opposition, could have attacked the Government but we chose to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Government. We refrained from asking for the Home Minister’s resignation, because we do not want Maoists to rejoice.”
The Opposition and the nation want the Maoists defeated, he said.

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