Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Lok Sabha on July 24 that the government was ready to discuss Manipur on the floor of the House as the country needs to know the truth about the sensitive situation in the state.
Mr Shah spoke briefly before the House adjourned for the day as opposition members stormed into the well of the House, insisting on a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Manipur.
“I would like to request all honorable opposition MPs that many members of both the ruling and opposition parties have demanded a discussion on a very sensitive issue. I am ready for talks but I don’t know why the opposition doesn’t want to allow talks,” Mr Shah said.
He further said that the country should know the truth of this sensitive issue and appealed to the members of the opposition to allow the discussion.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also urged members to return to their seats but when they did not budge, he adjourned for the day.
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Earlier, in the pre-lunch session, the government withdrew the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 and introduced three bills: the National Dental Commission Bill, 2023, the National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023 and the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Bill, 2020.
When the House met at 11 am, opposition members from Congress, DMK, Left parties and others were on their feet. They held placards that read “India wants dialogue on Manipur violence”, “India for Manipur”, “Prime Minister must answer” etc.
Mr. Birla allowed Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who insisted that Mr. Modi was a suo motu Statement on Manipur Violence in Parliament.
The Speaker told him that there could be a discussion in the House from noon and asked the opposition to allow the question-and-answer session. “The whole house is ready for discussion and the government will also respond to the debate. But you don’t decide who will answer the debate,” said Mr. Birla.
Accusing the opposition of running away from talks, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said the government is ready for talks.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who is also the Deputy Leader of the Lok Sabha, also said the government was willing to discuss the violence in Manipur. As opposition members persisted in their demands, Mr. Birla adjourned the House till 12 noon after conducting question and answer session for 26 minutes.
At noon, the Speaker allowed the government to move three bills and the House adjourned till 2 pm before withdrawing one. When the House resumed at 2:30 pm, the opposition members did not budge despite pleas from the Speaker and the Home Minister to start the Manipur debate.