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Watch: Dhankar tells Kharg ‘You are number one in my heart’; Congress chief’s response Latest news India

Watch: Dhankar tells Kharg ‘You are number one in my heart’;  Congress chief’s response  Latest news India

Amid uproar in Parliament over the Manipur issue on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankar and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge engaged in a light-hearted exchange. After Kharge said he was among the leaders who demanded talks on Manipur, Dhankar replied, “That will happen as time permits… but you are number one in my heart.”

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar presides over the proceedings of the House during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/Parliament TV)(ANI)

In response, the Congress president taunted the chairman, saying, “I know your heart is big… but that’s on the other side.”

Soon, the political dig elicits laughter and applause from the members of the house and Dhankar also laughs at Kharag’s words. (Parliament Live)

The exchange took place when the Congress leader said he wanted a discussion on Manipur by suspending regular proceedings under Rule 267. This rule empowers Members of Parliament to issue notices to adjourn listed business to discuss a matter of national importance.

On Thursday, the Parliament was at a standstill due to debates for the fourth day since the beginning of the Monsoon Session. The opposition pressed for a ‘detailed statement’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in both the Houses on the Manipur issue, after which the matter was discussed.

While the government agreed to talks, it said Modi’s demand for a statement was a “warning of disruption”. On the opening day of the Parliament session on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi condemned the horrific act of stripping and sexually assaulting two Kuki women, an incident that occurred a day after communal clashes erupted in the northeastern state on May 3.

A video of the incident went viral on social media last Wednesday, sparking widespread outrage across the country.

‘Government ready to negotiate’

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reiterated that the government is ready to hold talks.

“I am ready to discuss this matter in the House. I request the opposition to discuss this matter. It is important that the country knows the truth on this sensitive issue,” Shah said in the Lok Sabha. However, Modi’s speech is stubborn opponents.

Earlier today, a closed-door Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting was also held to chalk out strategies for the monsoon session. In the meeting, Modi slammed the opposition and his newly formed Alliance India, an acronym for the Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance, and said people cannot be misled by just using the country’s name.

Modi’s fresh attack on the opposition coincides with reports that India may send a notice for a no-confidence motion against the coalition government.

Uproar in Parliament over Manipur

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