Sack Modi chorus in Parliament

NEW DELHI — Demands for dismissal of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi rocked Parliament yesterday in the wake of U.C. Banerjee Committee report on the Godhra train tragedy with non-NDA members in the Lok Sabha vociferously targeting the BJP leader.

By (PTI)

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Published: Tue 7 Mar 2006, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:30 PM

The Lower House was abruptly adjourned for the day in the afternoon following the heat generated by findings of the Railway panel which held that the blaze in the ill-fated Sabarmati Express was 'accidental'.

Angry SP, BSP and RJD members stormed the well raising slogans against Modi while BJP members raised slogans hailing the chief minister. The Upper House also had more than an echo of the controversy with Congress and BJP members trading charges and counter charges and treasury benches demanding tabling of the report.

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad assured the House that the report would be tabled on Tuesday. It was trouble from the word go in the Lok Sabha after the Question Hour as SP and Left parties as also BSP and Congress demanded 'immediate action' on the report.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee pacified the members saying the issue would be allowed to be raised after Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's statement on Iran and a calling attention motion on demolitions in Delhi. After the calling attention motion was over, it was again commotion in the House over the issue leading to its adjournment for lunch recess.

"Modi hatao, desh bachao (remove Modi and save the country)" slogans rent the air after the House reassembled only to be adjourned for an hour. It was a similar story when the Lower House met at 1515 hours and Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, who was in the Chair, adjourned it for the day.

The BJP-led Opposition dismissed the report as 'totally false' with Vijay Kumar Malhotra accusing the Committee of giving a 'bad name' to the judiciary.

CPM's Rup Chand Pal even wanted a public trial of Modi alleging the riots that followed the train tragedy were part of a well-planned conspiracy involving RSS and BJP with active connivance of the Modi government.

Even after the House was adjourned for lunch, two angry BJP and BSP members nearly came to blows but an ugly situation was averted with intervention of their colleagues.

Madhusudan Mistri of Congress appealed to BJP members that if they have "any humanity left, they can still expel Modi from the party" in view of panel's findings. Chandrakant Khaire (Shiv Sena) dubbed the panel's report as 'non-sense' and claimed the train disaster was not an accident but a well-planned conspiracy.

Demanding scrapping of the panel, he alleged the Banerjee Committee was 'illegal' as the Nanavati Commission was already going into the Sabarmati train disaster in 2002.

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