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Govt refuses to debate Gaza crisis, says it could impact diplomatic ties

Govt refuses to debate Gaza crisis, says it could impact diplomatic ties

New Delhi: The fighting in Gaza strip found its echo Wednesday in Rajya Sabha which witnessed an uproar over the issue as the government refused to have any discussion on it saying it could impact diplomatic ties with both Israel and Palestine.

The uproar over the issue led to two adjournments in the pre-lunch session with opposition and the government locking horns over whether to have a debate or not.

Almost entire opposition was on its feet when the Zero Hour started and Deputy Chairman P J Kurien called Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) for Zero Hour mention, saying it was listed in the business.

Refusing to agree to a discussion, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, "We have diplomatic ties with both nations. Any discourteous reference to any friendly country can impact our relations with them."

She said she came to know about the list of business this morning and has come to the House out of respect for the Chairman who had listed it in the business but no consultation was done with her.

"I have written a letter to the Chairman as it was neither admissible under rules nor desirable. Let us wait for the decision of the Chairman. I will abide by that," she said.

She said that in the letter she has mentioned no discussion should take place and the matter is pending so the House should wait for the directions from him.

This led to angry protests by the opposition members, who said the list of business was the property of the House and would tantamount to disrespect of the House.

Amid the din, Kurien adjourned the House for 15 minutes.

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