Govt ready for discussion on Manipur, but opposition ‘running away’: Piyush Goyal
The government was ready for a discussion on the Manipur issue but the opposition disrupted proceedings, making it clear that it has made up its mind to not let Parliament function, Union Minister Piyush Goyal alleged on Thursday.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day on the first day of the Monsoon session, amid slogan shouting and demands for a discussion on the situation in strife-hit Manipur.
Even outside Parliament, opposition parties, including the Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party, have slammed the BJP government at the Centre over the ethnic violence in Manipur and a May 4 video of two women being paraded naked in the northeastern state.
On disruption of proceedings, Mr. Goyal, who is the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, told reporters in Parliament complex, that opposition parties are “running away” from a discussion on Manipur as they feel that incidents of “misbehavior” with women in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan may also come up.
“The Congress and the rest of the opposition parties disrupted the House proceedings even though the government made it clear that it is ready for discussion. It became clear from the attitude of the opposition that they came, making up their mind, that they will not allow the House to function,” Mr. Goyal told reporters.
“Perhaps there is something wrong in their heart. They are worried because there were incidents of violence (during panchayat polls) in Bengal and also there are unfortunate situations in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan,” the BJP leader said.
While the Trinamool Congress is in power in West Bengal, the Congress has its governments in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, both of which go to assembly polls later this year. “Misbehaviour with women is happening in Congress-ruled states. Perhaps, they are running away from a discussion due to this,” Mr. Goyal said. - PTI