Monsoon Session-7th Day: Stormy sessions likely again over Manipur
Monsoon Session-7th Day: Stormy sessions likely again over Manipur

New Delhi: Amidst the turmoil and heated exchanges between the Treasury and Opposition over the situation in violence-scarred Manipur, the proceedings in both Houses of Parliament may face delays as they reconvene for the seventh day of the ongoing Monsoon Session on Friday.

Members of the grand Opposition alliance, I.N.D.I.A ( Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance0, remain firm on their demand that all listed businesses in both Houses be set aside for a discussion on the Manipur situation. Additionally, they insist on a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the prevailing state of affairs in the Northeast state.

On Friday, the Opposition members are also likely to push for the Lok Sabha Speaker to schedule a date for voting on the previously filed no-confidence motion against the Centre. The motion, tabled earlier by Congress Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi on behalf of the Opposition alliance, sparked stormy scenes in both Houses as the Treasury and the Opposition traded barbs during the discussion on Thursday.

Furthermore, on Thursday, most of the Opposition members arrived in Parliament dressed in black, symbolizing their protest against the alleged denial of a discussion on Manipur and the postponement of the no-confidence motion debate.

Thursday's session in the Rajya Sabha was fraught with noisy scenes right from the start. Opposition party members raised slogans, demanding a discussion on Manipur under Rule 287. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while making a statement on 'Latest Developments in Foreign Policy,' faced constant interruptions from the Opposition members.

Members from the Treasury benches countered the slogans briefly by raising 'Modi, Modi' chants. The Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal, responded to the symbolic protest by saying, "The members, who are wearing black clothes, can't understand the increasing power and prestige of the country. Their future is black."

"It is unfortunate that politics is being played even on such a serious matter. This is a matter of India's honor, a matter of India's emerging image before the world...I think that the people who are wearing black clothes can't understand the increasing power of the country....Their present, past, and future are black. But we hope there will be light in their life too...," he added.

Amidst the chaotic scenes, the Chairman adjourned the House until 12 noon. Upon reassembling, the Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge, was asked to make his remarks, but the members from the Treasury benches again raised slogans over the black clothes worn by the Opposition MPs. Kharge objected to the protest directed at him, stating, "The government itself is obstructing." As a result, the House was adjourned till 2 pm.

Later in the day, the Rajya Sabha passed the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023, in the absence of Opposition party members who had staged a walkout over the Manipur violence issue.

In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla proceeded with the Question Hour, but opposition members raised their demands relating to Manipur. The Speaker had already admitted the no-confidence motion moved by opposition members on Wednesday. The Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023, as reported by the Joint Committee, was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday after the House resumed at 3 pm amidst Opposition sloganeering over the Manipur issue. However, both Houses were later adjourned for the day.

Meanwhile, before the beginning of the seventh day of the Monsoon Session, several Opposition leaders moved notices in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, seeking a debate on the Manipur issue. In the Lok Sabha, Congress MP Manickam Tagore moved an Adjournment Motion Notice, demanding a discussion on the Manipur situation.

In the Upper House, RJP MP Manoj Kumar Jha moved Suspension of Business Notices under Rule 267, requesting the Chairman to suspend all other business listed for the day, including the Zero Hour as well as Question Hour, for a discussion on the state of affairs in the violence-hit state.

As the Rajya Sabha convenes on Friday, the members extend birthday greetings to BJP MP Dineshchandra Jemalbhai Anavadiya.

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