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The main opposition party, however, said it is yet to firm The main opposition party, however, said it is yet to firm up its view on what kind of probe should be held into the VIP helicopter scam and will discuss it with other parties. "We are clear that government should not try to buy time on the issue. We want the government to come out with a formal view on what kind of probe it is ready for. Just Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath saying government ready for a JPC probe is not enough," Prasad said. BJP rued that there was no mention of how government intends to curb price rise. "This may be the last formal presidential Address of this government. Yet unfortunately the speech was a grocery list. There is nothing about any strategy on how the government plans to make the economy look up," Prasad said. On the issue of Indo-Pakistan relations, which found mention in the speech, Prasad asked the government if its priority is good relations with Islamabad or fighting terrorism. To a query on Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's Hindu terror remarks and the regret expressed by him, Prasad said, "It would have been better if he had said sorry. We can understand the pain of the RSS. But an unconditional regret is equivalent to an apology. However, the Home Minister should have expressed regret earlier. The delay led elements like JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to welcome it in Pakistan." He clarified that BJP will not stall the House on this issue. Another BJP leader, Murli Manohar Joshi, described Mukherjee's speech as one that did not "look like a Presidential speech especially as it came from an august personality like Pranab babu." He said Mukherjee is known for delivering wonderful speeches. "To hear a presidential speech from him did not give that flavour which is expected out of him," Joshi told reporters outside Parliament House. Earlier in the day, BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters that Mukherjee's address to Parliament was a "damp squib". "It is a damp squib as it has not actually touched what is relevant today and we are very disappointed," Rudy told reporters outside Parliament after the President's address. He also dubbed the address as a "old one". "I think he read the old speech because there was nothing new thing in the speech," Rudy said. PTI RC SKC RAI


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