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Cong. accuses Modi of breach of privilege

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MARCH 25. Senior Congress leaders today accused the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, of contempt and breach of Parliamentary privilege because of his statement that "communal incidents are continuing in Gujarat on account of statements made in Parliament''.

In a statement issued this evening, the CWC members, Arjun Singh and Pranab Mukherjee, and the Deputy Leader of the party in the Lok Sabha, Shivraj Patil, have charged Mr. Modi with casting aspersions on Parliament and demanded appropriate action against him.

The leaders also referred to the severe indictment of Mr. Modi not only by several political parties and human rights bodies, but also by the NHRC Chairman, Justice J.S. Verma, "who has faulted the Government for inaction and inefficiency in anticipating and controlling things''.

The Congress campaign has met with a modicum of success, with the Prime Minister accepting Sonia Gandhi's demand for setting up a broad-based committee under the chairmanship of the State Governor to plan and implement rehabilitation measures. The Gujarat Government today announced the setting up of the committee. However, the Congress' main demand that the inquiry into the riots be conducted by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court has not been conceded by the Government.

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