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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 824

Shinde under attack over Hyderabad blasts

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 23 February (Asiantribune.com):

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday came under sharp attack from opposition as well as UPA allies—SP and DMK- which trashed his statement on Hyderabad blasts as "totally disappointing" and "devoid of any concrete and meaningful plan of action".

Shinde made a statement in the House on Thursday's blasts saying government will make all possible efforts to apprehend the perpetrators and masterminds.

The opposition was, however, dissatisfied with the statement and accused the government of treating the issue of terror in a "very casual" manner. Leading the attack, BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said, "Government's policy seems to be condolence for the dead and compensation for those who survived."

Naidu also said that being a member of the House, Prime Minister Manmohan ingh should have come to the Rajya Sabha and made a statement taking the issue seriously.

The Rajya Sabha earlier witnessed acrimonious scenes as opposition members insisted on a debate before the home minister's statement on the issue. After the home minister read out his statement amid noisy scenes, the House witnessed a verbal spat between Shinde and Naidu with the BJP leader telling the minister that had he been serious on the issue, he would have rushed to the spot immediately after the occurrence last night and come to Parliament in morning.

Shinde countered it saying that after monitoring the issue for the whole night, he went to the spot at 4am drawing angry reactions from Naidu. "You have not done any favour to us. You have done your duty. The incident had happened at 7pm on Thursday. You should have gone there at 8pm and come back by the morning. That shows your seriousness," Naidu said, who later staged a walkout for a brief period.

- Asian Tribune -

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