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.
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