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Hyderabad blasts: Who said what in Parliament

Feb 22, 2013 11:17 AM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: The issue of the Hyderabad blasts on Friday resonated in Parliament with the government facing the flak for "failing" to check such incidents despite having intelligence inputs about them. This even as Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde promised "more firm action" to eliminate terror from the country.

Here is what the MPs said on the issue in Parliament on Friday:

5 pm: Explaining why he didn't reach Hyderabad soon after the blasts took place, Shinde says it was for the security reasons that he decided not to leave immediately.

"If VIPs go there (blast sites) then police have to concentrate on securing the VIPs which is not right. VIPs should not be visiting the spot of such incidents, police should be given freedom to carry out investigation and gather evidences," says Shinde in the Rajya Sabha. He assures the government is taking firm steps to tackle terrorism in the country.

Seeking Opposition's support in fight against terror, Shinde says the Opposition has always cooperated well with the government in tackling terror and it expects that the Opposition will cooperate further in tackling terror. "We are still ready to go ahead with the NCTC with amendments so that states' rights are not ingressed, but we need to sit down and discuss on NCTC," he further says.

4.53 pm: There can be no lowering of guard as we are high on terror radar, Arun Jaitley says in the Rajya Sabha. He seeks an assurance from Shinde that the war against terror will go uninterrupted.

"There has to be a cooperation between the Centre and states on sharing intelligence. For the Centre to think that it alone can create and manage a mechanism is not appropriate," Jaitley says.

3.59 pm: BSP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati says in the Rajya Sabha that intelligence agencies need to be strengthened. "Better coordination required between intelligence agencies. Will have to keep aside politics, religion while dealing with terror," she says.

3.10 pm: Sushil Kumar Shinde reads out his statement on Hyderabad blasts amidst uproar from Opposition parties. BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu slams the statement, saying that there is nothing new in the statement. "What are the concrete steps the Prime Minister has taken? The Prime Minister himself should have come to the House. The Home Minister's statement is devoid of any concrete, meaningful action. The government seems to be clueless."

2.35 pm: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj slams Shinde's statement as 'routine'. "Even if the Centre had not given any information, post-Afzal Guru's hanging, there should have been an alert in Hyderabad anyway," she adds. She further questions if the blasts are in any way connected to MIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speech. "Is the Owaisi hate speech related to this incident?"

Following uproar by parties, Lok Sabha is adjourned till 3.30 pm.

2.30 pm: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde addresses Lok Sabha and says that the preliminary inquiry into the Hyderabad blasts revealed that IED explosives had been used and that two cases had been filed. "The NIA will conduct the probe in conjunction with the Andhra Pradesh police," he adds. Giving details of the casualties, Shinde said that the death toll had risen to 16. The number of injured now stands at 117, four of whom are critical.

12.30 pm: Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandhopadhyay accuses the government of "overconfidence" and says, "The government of India was perhaps overconfident that such attacks will not take place in the country." He, however, adds that the TMC stood firmly behind the Centre in its fight against terror. "We are united in fighting against terror. Whatever stern measures the government will take, we will give full support."

12.16 pm: Parliament resumed at 12 noon and the Opposition leaders, led by Sushma Swaraj, flayed the Centre for it labelled intelligence failure to prevent the Hyderabad blasts. "We can be united only when our thoughts in fighting terror are similar. The Home Minister himself is saying that he gave the information. But, if there was information, the blame doubles. If there was information, what was the Centre, the state doing?" asked Sushma. "The nation needs to be united, the political parties need to get united. The moment that happens, we will be capable in fighting terror," she added.

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said, "It is unfortunate that despite the government having information, such an incident took place. Considering the atmosphere in the neighbouring countries, terrorists manage to cross the border. It is a very serious issue. The government must assure people that they are safe."

11:02 am: There was uproar on day 2 of Parliament's Budget Session on Friday, a day after twin blasts rocked Hyderabad. While Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon after Parliament members stormed into the well over the terror attacks, Lok Sabha was also adjourned till noon over alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is expected to make a statement later in the day on the blasts that saw 15 people dead and 118 injured on Thursday evening in the Dilshukh Nagar area.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met, Speaker Meira Kumar made an obituary reference to the victims of the blasts in which several persons were killed and a large number injured. "The House unequivocally condemns this barbaric and cowardly act of terrorism," Kumar said. Members stood in silence for a while as a mark of respect to the departed.

Moments later the House plunged into chaos as BJP members raised slogans attacking the government for alleged lapses on matters of internal security.

TDP members were seen waving copies of Telugu newspapers carrying reports of the Hyderabad blasts. CPI(M) members were protesting alleged atrocities on its activists during the two-day strike against the government's "anti-labour" policies. DMK members were in the Well waving photographs of LTTE chief V Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son who was allegedly shot dead by Sri Lankan forces. As the din continued, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon.

Rajya Sabha, too, witnessed uproar over the blasts with the Opposition members on their feet. As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the twin blasts and condemned the dastardly attack in the strongest possible terms. The House then observed silence as a mark of respect to the departed.

Ansari said he has received notices from members wanting a discussion on the issue and a time would be fixed for a proper debate. But BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu wanted a discussion on the issue immediately, a demand supported by Opposition benches.

The SP, the BSP, the TDP and the JD(U) members too demanded an immediate discussion and a statement by the government on the issue. AIADMK members tried to raise the issue of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh said Shinde was in Hyderabad and would make a statement in the House at 2:30 pm. This did not pacify the members who continued to persist
with their demand. With members unrelenting, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.

A bill to replace anti-rape ordinance is also expected to be tabled in Parliament on Friday.

With Additional Inputs from PTI