Parliament to condemn Mumbai attack today

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 12 2008, 05:07am hrs
Intent on sending a strong message of non-partisanship and unity on terrorism, Parliament will pass a resolution on Thursday condemning the terror strike in Mumbai recently.

An all-party meeting convened by the Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday, decided to hold a discussion on the Mumbai attack on Thursday, beginning with a statement on terrorism by Union home minister P Chidambaram. The meeting decided that soon after the statement by the Union home minister, the House would take up a discussion. There will not be any voting at the end of the debate, but a resolution demonstrating that the country was one when it came to tackling terror.

The UPA circles on Wednesday evening asserted that government managers had been working with opposition leaders to try and agree on the draft of the resolution against terror. Parliamentary affairs minister Vayalar Ravi said the government was in favour of structured debate on the issue of terrorism. There may be some criticism from some quarters but ultimately it will help the government, he said.