Since the start of the monsoon session of Parliament, opposition members of the anti-BJP coalition have been trying to call Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention to the ongoing violence in Manipur and have asked the PM to make a statement on Manipur, according to Sanjay Raut, leader of the Uddhav Thackery faction and Rajya Sabha MP.
Raut said that PM Modi should make a statement on Manipur, which according to him, is “burning and its fire could spread to other states as well”. “For the past eight days, the parties in Parliament are trying to garner the attention of PM Modi on the Manipur issue. PM Modi should speak about it. It is not a state’s issue but an entire country’s. Manipur is burning, people are dying and Manipur’s fire is spreading to other states as well.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned until 2 p.m. on Thursday due to disruptions caused by opposition members’ requests regarding the Manipur situation. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice, once until noon and once until two o’clock, while the Lok Sabha was adjourned shortly after it began meeting for the day.
Noisy scenes were present in Rajya Sabha almost from the beginning of the proceedings. Members of the opposition parties shouted demands related to the Manipur situation, including those covered by Rule 287. Many of the opposition’s members were dressed in black.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who made a statement on ‘Latest Developments in Foreign Policy’, faced constant interruptions as opposition members raised slogans.
The ruling party members also countered them by raising “Modi, Modi” slogans briefly.
Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said that the decade belongs to India and the rise of the country is unstoppable. Dhankhar referred to his visits abroad as Deputy Chairman and said it is a great honour to be a citizen of India.