Indian gov't agrees to debate Israel-Palestine conflict in Parliament
NEW DELHI, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The Indian government Thursday agreed to a debate on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict in the Parliament, a day after it blocked discussion on the issue despite a stiff demand from opposition parties.
However, the government said that it would not initiate a debate on the conflict during the day, even after a nod from the Chairman of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) Hamid Ansari.
"The business advisory committee will meet at 4 p.m. (local time). We can decide when the debate has to be taken up," Indian Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Javadekar said.
This sparked an uproar by opposition parties in the Upper House of Parliament which had to be adjourned, with the opposition parties saying no business would be conducted till the conflict was discussed.