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Opposition urged to give up boycott plan

By Our Staff Correspondent

PATNA, JULY 27. The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, today appealed to the Opposition to abandon their boycott call of the Parliamentary Standing Committees and sought its cooperation in solving the serious problems confronting the country.

Responding to a question on the Opposition's boycott over the "tainted" Ministers issue, Dr. Singh denied that the United Progressive Alliance had charted a course of confrontation with the National Democratic Alliance. "I don't want any confrontation. There are serious issues needing solution and this needed the cooperation of all parties." Dr. Singh said he tried to talk to the Leader of the Opposition, L.K. Advani, and the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for smooth functioning of Parliament.

"I understand the responsibilities and rights of the Opposition. But it was not right to boycott Parliament and its committees."

Dr. Singh said he would appeal to the Opposition to comprehend the serious issues facing the country and understand it was necessary that these be resolved through consensus.

Dr. Singh was here to take stock of the ravages caused by the floods. After an aerial survey, he promised help, while talking to reporters.

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