Ravi seeks Left parties’ co-operation for smooth functioning of parliament

October 1st, 2008 - 4:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Oct 1 (IANS) Foreseeing a confrontation with the Left in parliament when it convenes Oct 17, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi Wednesday requested their co-operation for the smooth conduct of the session.”The upcoming session is very important because there are many burning issues to be discussed including the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, continuing terror attacks and the attacks against Christian minorities in various parts of the country,” Ravi told IANS.

Ravi’s request came the very day Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while returning home from his 10-day trip to US and France told reporters on board his special aircraft that he had not given up hope of persuading the Left parties about the merits of the agreement.

The Left parties withdrew their support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the nuclear deal, forcing a trust vote in parliament in July.

Refuting the Left parties’ allegation that the UPA government was scared of facing parliament as it had been reduced to a minority, Ravi said the government was never scared of facing the country’s highest legislative body.

Senior leaders of the Left parties criticised the government’s decision to cut short the duration of the monsoon session.

“The government has already proved its majority in the July trust vote,” Ravi said emphatically.

Referring to the India-France civil nuclear agreement that was signed in Paris, Ravi wanted to know from the Left parties how it was harmful to the country’s interest.

Criticizing the ongoing attacks on minorities by right wing Hindu parties, the minister said it was a deliberate attempt by the “communal” forces to polarize India.

“We will not accept such attacks and will come down heavily on these destabilising forces,” said Ravi.

The minister has written a letter to the prime minister urging the need to amend Article 355 to arm the central government to take over law and order in disturbed areas in the country.

Ravi said the amendment would help the union government rescue the minorities from the targeted attacks.

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