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Feb 20, 2013 at 03:14pm IST

PM appeals for productive session of Parliament as Opposition threatens to disrupt proceedings

New Delhi: A day before Parliament's Budget Session starts, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has appealed to the Opposition to let the House function without disrupting the proceedings.

The Prime Minister said Parliament is the forum for every debate and all parties have an obligation to let it function. He made the statement at the end of an all-party meet called by Speaker Meira Kumar.

"This session of Parliament will transit important financial matters. Hope there will be a productive and constructive debate on issues being faced by the country," PM Manmohan Singh said.

However, the main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seem to have set the tone for the upcoming Budget Session, due to start on Thursday, by announcing it will not cooperate with the government till Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde apologises for his "Hindu terror" remarks. The party also launched an attack on the Congress by accusing it of playing vote-bank politics in the country.