Parl condemns attack; BJP slams Cong for disruptions

RSTV Bureau
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Opposition MPs protest in the Lok Sabha. Photo – PTI

The terror attack in the border district of Gurdaspur was condemned in Parliament on Monday morning. MPs condemned the attack, saying full force should be used in the fight against the terrorists.

The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha as the Upper House was adjourned for the day after the House paid tribute to sitting BJD member Kalpataru Das and former members RS Gavai and BK Handique who died recently.

In the Lok Sabha, members of Akali Dal, BJP, CPI(M) and BJD spoke on the attack during the Zero Hour. Members of Congress, NCP, Left, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, RJD, JD(U) and TRS created ruckus over various issues.

The Congress party continued its protest on the floor of the house. Holding placards in their hands, Congressmen demanded the ouster of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam.

The government accused the Congress of “failing to keep national interests over its political agenda” and said that the party stood “isolated” in disrupting Parliament at a time when MPs of other parties condemned the Gurdaspur terror attack and stood in solidarity.

“In such matters (Gurdaspur terror attack), there should be no politics. We should speak in one voice. While many Opposition parties have joined together in condemning this terrorist attack and are also expressing solidarity, it is unfortunate that the main Opposition party which ruled the country for years started disturbing even those statements,” said Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Members from SP, RJD and JD(U) also protested demanding the release of the census report.  Meanwhile, TRS members demanded a separate High Court for Telangana.

“I appeal to you, in the national interest, halt your protest for two minutes as there has been an attack in Gurdaspur,” Prem Singh Chandumajra of the Akali Dal told the protesting members of the House.

“This is a question of the country’s security. People are dying. People of the state are watching. They are watching this drama (in the House),” said the MP from Punjab.

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An Army jawan takes position during the encounter with the terrorists. Photo – PTI

He urged all political parties to halt their protest in national interest and unite in the hour of crisis.

BJD member Tathagat Sathpathy said the incident in Gurdaspur was a “grave matter”, which shows that “once again terrorism is back with full force. It is not only display of ISIS flags, the threat of terrorism is perceptible here. The threat is right here in the country. We are not here to politicise. Strictest action should be taken. All force should be used. India should stand up to fight terrorism,” said the BJD member from Odisha.

Three heavily armed terrorists went on a rampage early on Monday morning in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. They targeted a bus and a police station complex. 3 civilians and five policemen, including an SP died in the encounter.