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'Fourth D' lesson

Calcutta, Dec. 13: The Congress was given two lessons today by the President and his aide-de-camp: "D" now stands for disruption in parliamentary democracy and Vande Mataram is not the national anthem.

"There are three Ds in parliamentary democracy - debate, dissension and, of course, decision..." Pranab Mukherjee said. "A fourth D has been added nowadays - disruption," he added, allowing himself a smile at a time the Congress has been paralysing the House over the National Herald controversy.

The President was addressing an event organised by a Congress trust to commemorate Jawaharlal Nehru.

Although it was announced that the event would begin with the " jatiya sangeet (national anthem)", Vande Mataram, the national song, was sung.

Congress leader Somen Mitra said: "The President's ADC pointed out that the jatiya sangeet is Jana Gana Mana. We seek forgiveness."


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