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President addresses the nation amidst protests by DMK and AIADMK MPs

New Delhi, Feb 22 (): Condemning the killing of 12-year-old son of slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan soldiers, DMK and AIADMK MPs yesterday shouted slogans while President Pranab Mukherjee began his address to the joint sitting in the Central Hall.

Sources said though the slogans was unable to hear, the leaders of the Tamil Nadu political parties were referring to the killing of LTTE chief Prabhakaran’s son Balachandran Prabhakaran.

Both DMK and AIADMK MPs forced the government to take strict action against the brutal cold blooded murder even after Union Ministers Rajiv Shukla and V. Narayanasamy signaled the protesting MPs to take their seats.

In spite of the uproar made in the Parliament, the President was reading his speech with ease in which Pranab Mukherjee spoke about various issues like sluggish growth of economy and also to find out a way to deal with the economy slow down.

Talking on the recent Delhi gang-rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student, Mukherjee expressed deep concerns over incidents of sexual assault against women and pointed towards the promulgation of an ordinance giving severe punishment in such cases.

Devoting a considerable part of his speech on country’s economical condition, Mukherjee expressed anxiety over job security, employment prospects as well as global slowdown.

Mukherjee said that past year has been difficult for the global economy due to which India received a tremendous setback as most of the emerging markets were also making a slow pace. The country was affected by both global and domestic factors, stressed Mukherjee.

Noting that the Indian economy is at present experiencing slower growth, Pranab Mukherjee assured the nation saying that the government would take appropriate steps in dealing with the factors responsible for the slowdown.

With regards to foreign policy, the President said that India always have  attached highest priority in maintaining good relationship with its close neighbours and will  continue to seek peace, constancy, collaboration and economic development in the sub-continent.

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