Parl adjourned over Manipur violence

NEW DELHI, July 20:  The Manipur violence rocked proceedings in both Houses of Parliament on the first day of the Monsoon session today, with the opposition demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a discussion on the situation in the Northeastern State.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business as opposition members created uproar over the situation in Manipur despite the Government’s assurance that it was ready to discuss the issue in both Houses.
The session started a day after a video of two women being paraded naked by a mob on May 4 went viral, triggering a nationwide outrage.
With the opposition MPs shouting slogans such as “Manipur Manipur” and “Manipur is burning”, Parliament witnessed frequent adjournments before finally adjourning for the day.
Several opposition party leaders met Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in the morning in his chamber and demanded a statement from the Prime Minister in both Houses and a discussion on the Manipur situation which has seen ethnic violence since May 3.
In the morning ahead of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident of two women being paraded naked in Manipur has shamed 140 crore Indians and asserted that the law will act with its full might and no guilty will be spared.
“Today, when I am standing by this temple of democracy my heart is full of pain and anger,” he told reporters at the Parliament complex, amid his criticism by opposition parties for not speaking on the ethnic violence in the BJP-ruled state.
“I want to assure the countrymen that no guilty will be spared. The law will act with its full might and firmness… What has happened to these daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven,” he said, adding that the incident has insulted the entire country and 140 crore countrymen are feeling ashamed.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said the Government has already made it clear that it was open to a discussion on Manipur in both Houses of Parliament. He said that Deputy leader in Lok Sabha Rajnath Singh has also given a similar assurance.
Joshi said that Home Minister Amit Shah would make a detailed reply once the discussion takes place, the time of which will be decided by the Speaker but opposition members remained dissatisfied and wanted a statement from the prime minister.
As opposition members continued raising slogans, Kirit Solanki, who was chairing proceedings, adjourned Lok Sabha for the day. The proceedings of the Upper House were also adjourned for the day within minutes of the house meeting at 2 PM after initial adjournments.
Leader of Opposition Kharge said he has been demanding a discussion on the Manipur issue since morning but has not been allowed to despite giving notice in advance.
“I have made my full efforts to attract your attention and given notice but unfortunately, I am not allowed to raise this (rule) 267. You know Manipur is burning, women are raped and paraded naked… And Prime Minister is keeping quiet. He is giving a statement outside” he said.(PTI)