Briefing Wednesday, 9th December 2009
Jayanthi Natarajan addressed the media today.
Jayanthi Natarajan said that the Congress party would
firstly like to place on record their total condemnation
for the unruly, undemocratic and unparliamentary
behaviour of the BJP MPs during the debate on the
Liberhan Report yesterday in the Lok Sabha and today
during the first part of the debate in the Rajya Sabha.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that this report had
examined in detail one of the most heinous crimes in
India's political history and it was very important that
the nation and people at large should be aware of the
full contours of the debate. She added that irrespective
of the difference of opinions during the conduct of the
debate in Parliament, the only Parliamentary way to
resolve it would have been to raise these under the
rules with the consent of the Hon'ble Speaker. Members
of the BJP totally avoided any parliamentary or
democratic method to address their issues and resorted
to disrupting Parliament in the most undignified way by
sloganeering, smirking, howling and throwing paper balls
at the Home Minister she added. She further said that
this conduct was a black mark upon India's Parliamentary
democracy for which the BJP will be made answerable.
On a question, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that the
apology tendered by the PM was a mark of his
graciousness and a reflection of his commitment to
Parliamentary democracy. Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said
that she was not required to add anything further to
what the PM had said and that his statement spoke for
On the issue of Telangana, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said
that the CM of Andhra Pradesh was in touch with K
Chandra Shekhar Rao and that he had arrived in Delhi for
consultations with the PM and once a view was taken it
would be shared.
On a further question, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that
the Telanagana matter was being viewed with all the
seriousness and merit it deserved. She said that one
would however have to wait and see what emerges from the
Andhra CM's meeting with the PM. She added that all
points of view would be considered in this meeting.