Parliament Monsoon session updates | Both Houses witness uproar over the Opposition’s demand to discuss Manipur issue

The session begins close on the heels of 26 opposition parties forming the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to take on the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

July 20, 2023 09:45 am | Updated July 26, 2023 01:22 pm IST

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar conducts the proceedings of the House during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi which began on Thursday, July 20. (Source: Twitter/SansadTV)

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar conducts the proceedings of the House during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi which began on Thursday, July 20. (Source: Twitter/SansadTV)

The situation in Manipur dominated the day’s proceedings of the Monsoon Session of Parliament which began on Thursday, with the Opposition demanding the Centre to discuss the issue. Both Houses were adjourned for the day upon resuming after lunch. Shortly before proceedings adjourned in the Lower House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi informed members that the government is ready to have discussions on the Manipur violence in both Houses, and the Home Minister would give his reply once the discussions are conducted.

Earlier, while the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. after obituary references, the Rajya Sabha witnessed uproarious scenes after it reassembled at noon. The Opposition demanded the Chair to suspend business under Rule 267 to discuss Manipur. After the Centre said it was ready, the Chair said that the House would hold short duration discussion on the issue. This led to uproar as the Opposition objected to a short-duration discussion on Manipur. Amid uproar, the House was adjourned for the second time in a day.

The 12th session of the 17th Lok Sabha has begun close on the heels of 26 opposition parties forming the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) to take on the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The government has lined up 31 bills, including draft legislation on personal data protection, for the session which concludes on August 11.

Here are the updates:

  • July 26, 2023 13:22
    Shashi Tharoor on Opposition’s no-confidence motion
  • July 20, 2023 14:14
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday 11:00 AM

    Amid Opposition protest, Upper House is adjourned till Friday

  • July 20, 2023 14:14
    Rajya Sabha resumes

    The Upper House resumes proceedings. Union Minster of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur tables the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023. Opposition raises in protest, demands discussion on Manipur violence.

  • July 20, 2023 14:12
    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid chaos

    Proceedings in the Lower House have been adjourned till Friday morning amid loud sloganeering by Opposition members.

  • July 20, 2023 14:09
    Parliamentary Affairs Minister speaks amid loud sloganeering by Lok Sabha members

    Amid chants by members demanding the Prime Minister’s presence in the House, Union Minister Prahlad Joshi says the government is ready to hold discussions on the Manipur violence in both the Houses but it is a very sensitive and human-centric issue. He asked members to stop sloganeering and let the house carry out the day’s business, adding the once the Manipur discussion is conducted in both Houses, the Home Minister will also give his reply.

  • July 20, 2023 14:02
    No Suspension of Business notices approved in LS

    Chair Kirit Somaya informs that House that the Lok Sabha Speaker has not approved any of the Suspension of Business notices submitted by members. Papers are currently being laid on the table.

  • July 20, 2023 13:52
    Rajya Sabha Chairman reconstitutes panel of Vice-Chairpersons with 50% women MPs

    On Thursday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar reconstituted the panel of vice-chairpersons of the Upper House with half of them being women.

  • July 20, 2023 12:52
    Opposition doesn’t want Parliament to function: Union Minister Piyush Goyal
  • July 20, 2023 12:39
    What is Rule 267 of the Rajya Sabha?

    The Rajya Sabha rule book defines Rule 267 under “suspension of rules” as an instance where “any Member, may, with the consent of the Chairman, move that any rule may be suspended in its application to a motion related to the business listed before the council of that day and if the motion is carried, the rule in question shall be suspended for the time-being.”

    The Opposition is insisting on a discussion on the Manipur situtation under Rule 267, while the Centre has cited Rule 176 to hold short duration discusisio.

  • July 20, 2023 12:15
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m. amid uproar over Manipur

    The Upper House was adjourned till 2 p.m. over a clash between the Opposition and the Centre regarding a short-duration discussion and debate under Rule 267, on Manipur.

    After the House resumed proceedings at 12 noon, Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar said the Chair had received 12 notices under Rule 176 for short-duration discussion. These included eight notices on the Manipur issue.

    In response to the notices, the Centre said it was ready for a discussion.

    Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, however, demanded the Chair for a complete suspension of business till the issue of Manipur is discussed. The Opposition also said there can be no debate on the issue in the absence of the Prime Minister.

  • July 20, 2023 12:08
    Ready for discussion on Manipur: Government in Rajya Sabha

    Soon after the House resumed proceedings, Union Minister informed the Chair that the government is ready for a discussion on the issue of Manipur violence in the Rajya Sabha.

    The Opposition, however, demanded the Chair to suspend all business to hold a discussion on the Manipur issue.

  • July 20, 2023 12:04
    Genocide going on in Manipur: AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi

    Speaking on the Manipur issue, AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi claimed that the PM was compelled to react to the video after it became viral. “Genocide is going on there… Justice will prevail only when the [Manipur] CM is removed and the PM orders a CBI inquiry,” Mr. Owaisi told news agency ANI.

  • July 20, 2023 12:00
    Rajya Sabha resumes proceedings

    The House was adjourned moments after the Monsoon Session began on Thursday morning.

  • July 20, 2023 11:59
    Former CJI and Rajya Sabha MP Ranjan Gogoi condemns Manipur incident

    Rajya Sabha MP and former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi speaking on the Manipur incident outside Parliament after the Upper House was adjourned till noon.

  • July 20, 2023 11:23
    BRS to raise Manipur violence issue in both Houses today

    Floor leaders & MPs of Bharat Rashtra Samithi in both houses of the parliament will raise the issue of Manipur violence. They are expected to urge the Union Government to act decisively, and demand that the perpetrators of the molestation incident be punished swiftly as per law

    “We appeal to all parties cutting across the political spectrum to stand with the peace loving people of Manipur who deserve better from their Governments,” the party posted on Twitter.

    Previously BRS working President K.T Rama Rao urged the Prime Minister and Home Minister to take action to save Manipur, referring in particular to a recent incident where Kuki women were subjected to sexual assault by a mob.

  • July 20, 2023 11:16
    Obituary references for members underway in Rajya Sabha, house adjourns till 12 pm

    The Rajya Sabha maintains a minute of silence to honour sitting member Hardwar Dubey, and former members Dawa Lama, Usha Malhotra and Solipeta Ramchandra Reddy, who passed away recently.

    To mark the memory of sitting member Hardwar Dubey, the House was adjourned till 12 p.m today.

  • July 20, 2023 11:14
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

    The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. as a mark of respect to the Members of the House who passed away recently.

  • July 20, 2023 11:13
    AAP’s Sushil Kumar Rinku takes oath

    Sushil Kumar Rinku of the Aam Aadmi Party has taken oath as a Member of the Parliament in Lok Sabha.

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  • July 20, 2023 11:04
    Monsoon Session begins

    Proceedings have started in both Houses of Parliament. The session will be spread over 23 days with 17 sittings, and conclude on August 11. In Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla urged MPs for meaningful dialogue in the House on subjects of national and public importance.

  • July 20, 2023 11:03
    Rajya Sabha commences session at 11 a.m.

    The Rajya Sabha commences proceedings with the playing of the national anthem. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar is presiding.

  • July 20, 2023 10:51
    Opposition’s first order of business to discuss Manipur

    The opposition has decided that a debate on Manipur followed by a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to be the first order of business in monsoon session. The opposition parties that have come together under the banner of INDIA met today for the first time to chalk out its strategy for the session: Sources

  • July 20, 2023 10:44
    Manipur incident shameful, guilty will not be spared, says PM Modi ahead of Monsoon Session

    Ahead of the session, the PM assured people that the “guilty will not be spared and the law will act with its full might.” “What has happened to the daughters of Manipur can’t be forgiven,” PM Modi added ahead of the session.

  • July 20, 2023 10:42
    PM Modi calls for fruitful discussions on Bills ahead of Monsoon Session of the Parliament

    PM Modi also spoke about the Manipur violence. He said, “The incident of Manipur has put 140 crore Indians to shame. I want to assure the people of India that the accused will not be spared.”

    He further added, “Confident that MPs will fully utilise Monsoon Session in people’s interest.”

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    📸: PTI

  • July 20, 2023 10:31
    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla urges all parties to have meaningful discussions in the House

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has urged the MPs of all parties for meaningful discussions in the House on issues of national and public interest.

    Taking to Twitter, Birla said, “#MonsoonSession of Parliament begins today. Leaders and honourable members of all parties in the Lok Sabha are urged that there should be meaningful discussion in the House on subjects of national interest and public interest. Let us move the country on the path of progress by solving the difficulties of the common man through discussion.”

  • July 20, 2023 10:28
    Bills to be introduced and considered in Rajya Sabha:

    -The Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2023

    - The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022

  • July 20, 2023 10:27
    Bills to be introduced and considered in Lok Sabha:

    - The National Nursing and Midwifery Commission Bill, 2023

    -The National Dental Commission Bill, 2023

    -The Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2022

  • July 20, 2023 09:58
    Opposition MPs give notice to Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding discussions on Manipur

    Several opposition MPs have given notices in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanding discussions on the situation in Manipur arising from a fresh controversy as a video of two women being paraded naked surfaced and was widely circulated.

    AAP MP Sanjay Singh has given suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267. and demanded to discussion on Manipur violence. Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi and AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi has moved adjournment motions in Lok Sabha over the issue.

    Meanwhile, according to sources, the Centre has asked Twitter and other social media platforms to pull down the video of the two Manipur women paraded naked as the matter is under investigation.

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