New Delhi: Today, Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, announced that discussions on the situation in Manipur would be held in Parliament at 2 pm. The Opposition has been persistent in attempting to corner the government over concerns regarding the law and order situation in Manipur since the start of the Monsoon session of Parliament. These efforts have led to several disruptions and adjournments of proceedings in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
Goyal expressed the government’s willingness to engage in discussions on the Manipur issue but criticised the opposition for misusing their privileges and causing disruptions, which he claimed had already wasted nine crucial days of parliamentary business. Opposition members have been seeking discussions under Rule 267 and have given notices for the suspension of regular parliamentary activities to prioritise the matter.
Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal says "We want discussions on Manipur to take place in Parliament today at 2 pm. They (Opposition) are trying to misuse the liberty given to the members. The govt is ready to discuss Manipur, but they (Opposition) have already… pic.twitter.com/3xAsmeIq8J
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“We want discussions on Manipur to take place in Parliament today at 2 pm. They are trying to misuse the liberty given to the members. The government is ready to discuss Manipur, but they (the opposition) have already spoilt nine important days of the House,” Goyal said.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur also joined in, urging the opposition parties to participate in discussions within the Parliament. He emphasised that the government has been ready for discussions on the Manipur violence since the very first day of the session. Thakur expressed disappointment with the opposition’s reluctance to engage in constructive talks, suggesting that their actions reflected a political agenda rather than a genuine desire for dialogue.
Furthermore, the Lok Sabha faced disruptions and protests from the opposition, resulting in an adjournment until 2 pm. The situation highlights the importance of open discussions in Parliament to address critical issues like Manipur law and order concerns and calls for cooperation and engagement from all parties involved to ensure a fruitful parliamentary session.