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BJP threatens to disrupt Parliament till Shinde apologises for 'Hindu terror' remarks


Sumit Pande,CNN-IBN
Feb 19, 2013 at 03:38pm IST

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has stepped up its momentum against Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and will not allow Parliament to function till the minister apologises in the House. The BJP is also planning to go hammer and tongs at the government and wants the it to clarify Shinde's statement that suggested the main Opposition party is training terrorists.

The BJP will conduct a protest march on Wednesday from Parliament Street to the Home Minister Shinde's residence. The BJP's parliamentary executive committee met on Tuesday morning senior leader LK Advani's residence to firm up plans for the Budget Session of Parliament.

The BJP has been critical of Shinde's comments on "Hindu terror" that he made in January during Congress' Chintan Shivir in Jaipur. The BJP also discussed Justice Markandey Katju's statement against Narendra Modi and decided to continue protests against him.

The party's core committee also met on Monday and discussed matters to be deliberated at party's National Executive and National Council meetings scheduled to be held at Talkatora Stadium between March 1-3. The March 1-3 meetings, which the party said would be attended by nearly 4,000 delegates, are also expected to put a formal stamp of approval on the election of Rajnath Singh as the BJP chief.

The main Opposition party is also expected to raise in the Upper House the allegation against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien in Suryanelli gangrape case. The Budget Session begins on Thursday with the address of President Pranab Mukherjee to a joint sitting of Parliament.

The Railway Budget will be presented on February 26 and economic survey will be tabled the next day. Finance Minister P Chidambaram will present the General Budget on February 28.

(With Additional Inputs From PTI)

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