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Updated: November 29, 2009 11:20 IST

Heated exchanges likely in Parliament over debate on Liberhan report

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Mr. M S Liberhan, Chairman of the Liberhan Commission which probed the 1992 demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya. File photo: PTI.
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Mr. M S Liberhan, Chairman of the Liberhan Commission which probed the 1992 demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya. File photo: PTI.

Heated exchanges are expected in Parliament this week with the Lok Sabha scheduled to take up a debate on the Liberhan Commission report.

The Lower House will debate on Tuesday and Wednesday on the voluminous report of the Commission which went into the demolition of the Babri Masjid way back in December 1992.

The Rajya Sabha will have a discussion on the report on December 7, a day after the 17th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

The BJP is at daggers drawn with the Congress over the issue and the discussion is expected to generate heat in both Houses.

The BJP is likely to field a battery of leaders to discuss the report in which even L. K. Advani may participate.

But it is still unclear whom the Congress will line up and whether Rahul Gandhi will lead the ruling side in the attack on the BJP and the Sangh Parivar on the issue.

For the BJP, its president Rajnath Singh, will open the debate in the Lower House, while Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, will take up the task in the Upper House.

During the Assembly election campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi had remarked that if someone from the Gandhi family had been at the helm of affairs in 1992, the demolition of Babri Masjid would not have taken place.

Asked whether Mr. Gandhi would participate in the discussions, a senior Congress leader said the party has not yet finalised its speakers. “We will, however, not be found wanting on this score,” he said.

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