The two Houses of Parliament were not allowed to function for more than 45 minutes each on Wednesday, after being rocked by repeated interruptions on the alleged inconsistencies in the statement by Defence Minister A K Antony on Tuesday about the India-Pakistan clash on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the major opposition grouping, has filed a privilege motion against the minister.
The dead jawans belonged to the 21 Bihar Regiment and the families of four of them are from the Chhapra-Patna area. The bodies were to reach Bihar on Wednesday night. They were received in Jammu with state honours.
The Directors-General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of both countries spoke to each other on the hotline, one of the confidence building measures which has endured even at the height of tension between India and Pakistan. Still, it seemed that the scheduled India-Pak talks were on the brink of being called off.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called BJP leaders to his residence to explain how the ambush of the Indian soldiers took place but the party wasn’t satisfied and insisted Antony had misled Parliament.
The charge was led by the seniormost BJP leader, L K Advani. He said there was no rationale for the government to talk to Pakistan after this.