The decision to postpone a discussion on the Liberhan Commission report in the Lok Sabha was taken by Speaker Meira Kumar, keeping in mind the sentiments of members.
Responding to the postponement issue, raised by the CPI’s Gurudas Dasgupta, the Speaker said her decision could not be debated in the House.
Intervening, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P.K. Bansal said the Hindi version of the Liberhan report, on the demolition of the Babri Masjid, would be made available to members “as early as possible” to enable a debate.
The discussion, scheduled for Tuesday, was postponed at the last moment after some members demanded a copy of the report in Hindi.
Mr. Bansal pointed out that Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh had complained to the Speaker about non-availability of the Hindi version and expressed his party’s inability to participate in the debate until it was made available.
The Minister said the Speaker took the decision after consulting the government and the main Opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party. The government was ready to discuss the report the very day it was tabled in Parliament, he said.
As per the earlier schedule, the discussion in the Lok Sabha was scheduled for Tuesday and in the Rajya Sabha on December 7, a day after the 17th anniversary of the demolition.
While Mr. Dasgupta wanted to know whether the government was withdrawing its decision to allow a debate, CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia said it was “utter failure” on its part not to have got the Hindi translation ready even several months after the report was submitted. There was also a demand to make Urdu translation available to the members.