Imphal, July 24:
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till 11 am tomorrow amid acute bickering between the opposition and the ruling NDA over discussion on Manipur’s issue.
While the opposition parties moved 27 adjournment notices in Rajya Sabha to discuss Manipur violence after holding a joint protest under INDIA banner on the issue, the NDA MPs moved 11 notices demanding discussions on crimes against women in opposition-ruled states— Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Kerala and also to discuss the violence in Manipur.
While the opposition moved notices under Rule 267 seeking adjournment of all business to discuss Manipur, NDA MPs moved notices under Rule 176, which allows a short-duration discussion.
While the opposition is sticking to the demand for the PM’s statement on Manipur the ruling NDA says Union Home Minister Amit Shah will reply to the debate as per convention.
Amid the opposition protests, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said he is ready for a discussion and asked why the Opposition is not cooperating.
In a brief address in Lok Sabha, Amit Shah urged Opposition leaders to allow a debate on the issue. He said it was important for the truth in the Manipur issue to come out.
The Home Minister made the remarks after the House was adjourned thrice over the Manipur situation. When the House met at 2.30 pm, he said MPs from both sides of the political aisle want a discussion on the issue. The Opposition MPs, however, continued the protest and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the proceedings for the day.