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Trump claim on Kashmir hits LS, Congress seeks PM's reply

Wednesday - July 24, 2019 12:28 pm , Category : INDIA
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) There was uproar in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday for a second consecutive day over US President Donald Trump's claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
As soon as the Question Hour started, Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue. "It is an issue which is very much related to the Prime Minister himself."
Speaker Om Birla interrupted him and said an opportunity had already been given to speak on the subject.
This led to sloganeering by Congress MPs against the government and Modi. "Prime Minister jawab do (Answer, Prime Minister) and "End dictatorship".
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said: "If our Foreign Minister has clarified the position, why is there a problem?"
In an attempt to end the din, Birla allowed Chowdhury to speak.
Chowdhury again said: "After Trump's statement, everyone is discussing in the whole country about what the Prime Minister said on the issue. But the Prime Minister is not saying anything. We want to know what conversation took place between the Prime Minister and Trump."
Amid the noise, the Speaker continued the Question Hour. Opposition members then came near the Speaker's podium shouting "Prime Minister hai hai".
The Parliamentary Affairs Minister urged the opposition to let the Question Hour end.
"The matter can be raised after that. Our Defence Minister will speak on the issue."
But the agitating Congress members continued to shout slogans.
The Congress on Tuesday too sought Prime Minister's clarification following which External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar categorically rejected Trump's statement and clarified in both Houses of Parliament that Modi made no such request to the US President.

--IANS rak/mr