Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid Oppn’s protests over Manipur

Both Houses of Parliament today continued to witness protest from the Opposition parties over the issue of Manipur violence.

New Delhi: Both Houses of Parliament today continued to witness protest from the Opposition parties over the issue of Manipur violence on the third consecutive day. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 2 PM.

In the Lok Sabha, when the House met after first adjournment at 12 Noon, members of opposition parties including Congress, DMK, and JD(U) again trooped into the well, raising slogans and displaying placards. They were demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in the House over Manipur violence.

Amid din, three bills were introduced in the House. Amid ruckus, the Presiding Officer repeatedly urged protesting members to allow the House to function but they continued with their sloganeering, leading to adjournment of the House till 2 PM. In the morning, when the House met for the day, members of opposition parties including Congress, DMK, and JD(U) trooped into the well, raising slogans and displaying placards.

Amid din, Speaker Om Birla said, the government is ready for discussion and it can be taken up after 12 Noon after all-party consensus. But, protesting members did not pay heed and continued with their protest displaying placards. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress said, Manipur violence is a very important issue and it should be taken up immediately.

Responding to it, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, the government is ready for discussion on the Manipur issue. Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh accused the opposition of not being serious on the Manipur issue. Amid pandemonium, the Speaker tried to run the Question Hour but in vain.

Later the House was adjourned till 12 Noon.

In the Rajya Sabha, when the House met after first adjournment at 12 Noon, opposition members from Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, DMK and others trooped into the well, demanding the Prime Minister’s statement on the Manipur issue on the floor of the House. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar repeatedly asked the protesting members to allow the House to function, but they continued with their protest. Amid din, the Chairman tried to run the Question Hour, but in vain. He suspended Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh for remaining part of the current Monsoon Session for his unruly behavior. Later, the House was adjourned till 2 PM.

In the morning, when the House met, the Chairman said, he has received several notices under Rule 176 for short duration discussion on the various issues including violence during Panchayat Election in West Bengal, atrocities against women in Telangana, Chattisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Jharkhand.

Opposition parties including Congress, TMC, DMK, Left and others started protesting over the issue of Manipur violence. Later the Chairman adjourned the House till 12 Noon.

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