Indian External affairs minister S M Krishna apologized in Rajya Sabha on Thursday for being absent from the House when a ‘calling attention motion’ on the “situation arising out of repeated attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen by Sri Lanka navy” came up at noon. The minister was held up in a meeting with the Fijian prime minister and according to sources, reached the House when protests over Coalgate resulted in an adjournment. He soon after spoke to AIADMK MP V Maitreyan who had protested the minister’s absence and said he was keen to make a statement on the matter. Maitreyan, in the meanwhile, submitted a breach of privilege notice that he decided not to pursue once Krishna apologized for not being in the House due to an official engagement. At noon, Maitreyan forcefully raised Krishna’s absence, expressing his displeasure to the minister not being present.]]>


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