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Elders praise Government

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NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday was witness to the unusual sight of members unanimously praising the Navy, the Coast Guard and the Government for conducting prompt rescue operations after the destruction of the oil platform on the Bombay High.

As Jairam Ramesh (Congress) put it, the short duration discussion opened with "unexpected praise" from Pramod Mahajan (Bharatiya Janata Party) and continued with each participant joining the "chorus of encomiums. It showed how a tragedy could be managed."

Acknowledging the praise by P. G. Narayanan (AIADMK), C. Ramachandraiah (Telugu Desam Party), Kripal Parmar (BJP), R. P. Goenka (Congress) and R.S. Gavai (Republican Party of India), Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said he was "deeply touched" by the tenor of the two-hour deliberation, which was "an outstanding example of the manner in which discussions could be conducted."

He credited Pramod Mahajan, the first speaker, with setting the tone of the discussion.

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