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Indian parliament stalled over envoy remarks
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18:59, August 21, 2007

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Lawmakers of India's opposition party and of the Left Tuesday stalled parliament over Indian Ambassador to the United States Ronen Sen's criticism of leaders opposing New Delhi's nuclear deal with Washington.

A U.S.-based Website quoted Sen as calling Indian lawmakers opposed to the nuclear accord "headless chicken".

Members of the Left and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) in the lower house, the Lok Sabha, disrupted proceedings as soon as it assembled for the day over Sen's comments.

Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's explanation that Sen's comments were "totally unwarranted and unacceptable" failed to satisfy angry lawmakers, who have warned the government against going ahead with the nuclear agreement with the United States.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the upper house, the Rajya Sabha, over Sen's remarks, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said. Both houses were adjourned for the day.

Indian parliament has been facing disruptions in its current session because of opposition from the BJP and the Left to the nuclear pact with the nuclear deal with Washington.

Source: Xinhua



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