Storm over the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC) refused to subside on Wednesday with Parliament being paralysed as the Opposition accused Defence Minister A K Antony of contradicting the Indian Army over the shocking incident.
The Lok Sabha witnessed two adjournments and the Rajya Sabha three as BJP stalled proceedings demanding apology from the Defence Minister for “toeing the Pakistani line”.
As the Lok Sabha met for the day,Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj slammed Antony for giving Pakistan Army a “clean chit” in the attack.
In the Rajya Sabha,Antony later said he had made the statement yesterday on the “basis of whatever information I had. I will get back to Parliament after Army Chief’s visit” to the affected areas.
The Lower House also saw Left members storming the Well protesting against attacks on opposition parties,women and weaker sections in West Bengal by ruling Trinamool Congress.
The protests by members of Seemandhra region continued in both Houses with TDP members storming the Well and Rajya Sabha even witnessing the spectacle of a TDP member,C M Ramesh,wearing a black band over his mouth.
Swaraj said while an earlier statement by the Army and the Defence Ministry blamed terrorists and Pakistan Army regulars for the attack,Antony had said those involved in the incident were terrorists and people wearing Pakistan Army uniforms.
“The Defence Minister should apologise to the country,” Swaraj said amid din over Telangana and law and order situation in West Bengal.
As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House,Swaraj demanded a statement from him on the issue stating categorically that Pakistan Army was involved in the attack on the Indian post in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir.
After the first adjournment in the Lok Sabha,BJP veteran L K Advani called Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath in the House apparently to express BJP’s strong views over the alleged contradictory stands by Antony and the Army. Swaraj was also by Advani’s side.
Speaker Meira Kumar told BJP leader Yashwant Sinha that his notice raising questions of privilege against the Defence Minister was under her consideration.
With the BJP members in an agitated mood,Kumar adjourned the House till 2 PM.
In the Rajya Sabha,Antony said he had made the statement yesterday on the “basis of whatever information I had. I will get back to Parliament after Army Chief’s visit” to the affected area.
He also assured the House that there was “no compromise regarding the defence and protection of integrity of the country.”
However,it did not satisfy the Opposition members who continued their protest,forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the Upper House till 2 PM.