Opposition members walked out of Rajya Sabha once again on Thursday after adjournment motions to discuss Manipur violence were disallowed.
Parliament witnessed stormy scenes through most of the day, with the Opposition reiterating its demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Manipur. The Opposition’s INDIA bloc attended proceedings in black clothes as a mark of protest against the government over Manipur.
In the absence of Opposition members, Rajya Sabha discussed and passed the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023.
Lok Sabha, on the other hand, passed two Bills: the Jan Vishwas (Amendment of Provisions) Bill, 2023, and the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022. The Jan Vishwas Bill was passed via voice vote. The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022 was passed without any debate before the Lower House was adjourned for the day.
Early in the morning, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. within minutes of the commencement of proceedings amid loud sloganeering. Rajya Sabha too witnessed uproarious scenes as the Opposition clashed with the Centre. The Upper House was adjourned first till 12 p.m. and then till 2 p.m. amid protests by the Opposition and sloganeering by Treasury benches, following a statement by Union Minister S. Jaishankar.
On Wednesday, the Opposition brought a no-confidence motion against the Centre in Lok Sabha after days of logjam and unsuccessfully demanding a statement from PM Narendra Modi on Manipur violence. The motion was moved by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi and was admitted by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The Opposition is now seeking an immediate debate on the motion.
The ongoing Monsoon Session began last week, close on the heels of 26 Opposition parties forming the Indian National Developmental, Inclusive Alliance.
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