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PM Modi should come to Parliament for ‘comprehensive’ discussion on Manipur, says Opposition

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The Opposition on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should stop “insulting” the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and come to Parliament for a “comprehensive” discussion without any time limits on the Manipur violence.

Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Pramod Tiwari said the first priority should be to hold a comprehensive and detailed discussion on the Manipur situation in Parliament, going by the fact that people have been killed and the chief minister himself has admitted that several such incidents have happened in the state.

No one knows how many incidents of rape have happened, he added.

“The prime minister, who under Article 75 of the Constitution, is answerable to Parliament – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – should come inside Parliament and speak,” Tiwari said.

TMC MP Derek O’Brien says, “We want a detailed discussion on the Manipur issue. Our delegations have gone to Manipur. It is a very serious issue, why can’t the Prime Minister come? We are all ready to discuss Manipur.”

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day, minutes after resuming at 3:30 pm on Tuesday amid Opposition objecting to the short duration discussion on Manipur violence issue. Earlier, the House was adjourned for three times amid protests by the Opposition.

Opposition staged protest in Rajya Sabha, shout slogans of ‘Pradhan Mantri sadan me aao’ (PM come to the Parliament).

Earlier, BJP MP and Leader of the House Piyush Goyal, in his address, urged for a discussion on Manipur crisis at 2 pm. The Opposition, meanwhile, pushed for a discussion under Rule 267. According to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha), under Rule 267, Rajya Sabha MPs can give a written notice to suspend all listed business and discuss an issue of importance the country is facing.

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day, and will now resume at 11 am on Tuesday.

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