Parliament Monsoon Session, ‘Government has nothing to hide, ready to discuss Manipur’, Amit Shah writes letter to Leader of Opposition

New Delhi: Both the Houses of Parliament have been deadlocked over the issue of Manipur violence for the past few days. Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asked the opposition parties to ‘discuss sensitive issues like Manipur as the people of the country are watching them and they should fear the public’. Shah also wrote to Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, asking them to provide “invaluable cooperation” in the discussion on the Manipur issue. Responding to the brief discussion on the Multi State Cooperative Societies Amendment Bill 2022 in the lower house, Shah mentioned the subject of Manipur and told that he has written letters to both the Leaders of the Opposition in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in this context.

‘There is no fear of discussion on Manipur’

Shah also said that the government is not afraid of discussing Manipur and has nothing to hide. Amidst sloganeering by the opposition members, he said, ‘Today I have written a letter to the leader of the opposition of both the Houses that I am ready for any length of discussion. The government has no fear, those who want to discuss should come to discuss. We have nothing to hide. The Home Minister said to the opposition members, “The public is watching you, you have to go to the polls. Keep in mind the fear of the public. You are requested to create a proper environment in the House to discuss a sensitive issue like Manipur.” In letters to Kharge and Chowdhary, Shah said the government was ready to discuss the Manipur issue and urged everyone to cooperate, rising above party ideology. “I hope all parties will cooperate to resolve this important issue,” he said.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said in the Lok Sabha that the government is ready for a discussion on this very sensitive issue amid the impasse in Parliament on the issue of Manipur and urged the opposition to let the discussion happen and let the truth come out. The Congress and other constituents of the opposition alliance ‘Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance’ (India) have been demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement and discuss the issue of Manipur in Parliament since the first day of the monsoon session. The proceedings of both the Houses were repeatedly disrupted on the first four days of the monsoon session of Parliament due to uproar over the issue.

Why is there ruckus in Manipur?
Tension prevailed in the hill region of Manipur after a video of two women being paraded naked in Manipur surfaced on July 19. Officials said that this video is of May 4. Over 160 people have died in the ethnic violence that broke out in Manipur after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organized in the hill districts on May 3 to protest against the demand of the majority Meitei community for granting them Scheduled Tribe status.

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