After Rajya Sabha washout, govt ready for debate on Gaza

first_imgYielding to the opposition demand, government on Thursday agreed for a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on Gaza situation on July 21.Doubts, however, remain on whether the House will function even on Friday as the opposition wants discussion at the earliest.The opposition contended that a “wrong message” has already gone out to the world about the “silence” of Indian Parliament on such a serious issue.For the last two consecutive days, the issue echoed in the House which saw a deadlock as the opposition persisted with its demand for an early debate while the government resisted strongly, arguing that any discourteous remark could affect India’s relations with Israel and Palestine.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj even wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, saying that the notices given by opposition members for a debate are inadmissible but her contention was rejected.Ansari, however, did not give a ruling in favour of immediate discussion even, saying a date will be fixed for it in consultation with the government.After the ruckus ensured washout of the proceedings of Rajya Sabha with opposition parties like Congress, Left, SP, JD(U) and Trinamool Congress remaining adamant, the government on Thursday agreed to have a discussion on Monday.Official sources said the debate will take place at 12 pm on Monday.last_img

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