Despite opposition parties continuing to demand a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Manipur violence ahead of any discussion, Home Minister Amit Shah said he has written to opposition leaders in both chambers that the government is ready to debate the matter.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi has launched a stinging attack on the INDIA opposition alliance, calling it “leaderless” and comparing it to the Indian mujahideen.
These are the main events of the day:
Congress Theme Whip
Congress issued a whip ordering all Lok Sabha MPs to be present in Parliament on July 26.
The opposition parties are thinking of moving a motion of censure in Parliament, a likely pressure tactic to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement in the House on the Manipur issue.
The issuance of the whip may indicate that they plan to give the notice on Wednesday.
Amit Shah writes to Kharge and Adhir about holding the debate in Manipur
Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote on Tuesday to opposition leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury requesting their “invaluable cooperation” in discussing the Manipur issue in Parliament.
In identical letters to Kharge, who is the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabhaand Chowdhury, the Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Shah said the government is ready to discuss the Manipur issue and urged everyone to cooperate, crossing party lines.
“I hope all parties will cooperate to resolve this important issue,” he said.
Opposition parties are likely to file a no confidence motion notice against the government in LS
A no-confidence motion notice against the government is likely to be filed by some parties in the INDIA opposition alliance in Lok Sabha in an attempt to get Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak in Parliament on the Manipur violence, a PTI report said citing sources.
A proposal to present the notice was discussed at a meeting of members of the Indian National Alliance for Inclusive Development (INDIA) on Tuesday morning.
After weighing various options, it was decided that this would be an effective way to force the government to start a discussion on the issue, the sources said.
The alliance has already drafted the notice and is in the process of getting the necessary 50 signatures from MPs. The group has to submit the notice before 10 am for it to be read by the speaker in the House on Wednesday.
PM Modi Compares INDIA’s Alliance To Indian Mujahideen
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a stinging attack on the “completely directionless” alliance of opposition parties INDIA on Tuesday, comparing the grouping to terror groups such as the Indian Mujahideen and the Popular Front of India.
Speaking at the party’s parliamentary meeting, the prime minister hinted that since the British called themselves the East India Company and terrorist organizations like the Indian Mujahideen and the Indian People’s Front, all of which have ‘India’ in them, similarly the Opposition was running under the name India.
PM is afraid: Kharge
Congress Speaker and Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that while the opposition urged the prime minister to speak on the Manipur issue in Parliament, he instead spoke about the East India Company at his party meeting.
“Why are you afraid of opposition parties calling themselves INDIA? They are nervous because of our successful meetings in Patna and Bengaluru,” Kharge said in response to the prime minister’s jibe about the acronym INDIA, which stands for Inclusive Alliance of Indian National Development.
“The opposition is giving direction to the country. The prime minister himself has become aimless,” Kharge said.
INDIA will help heal Manipur: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi responded to Prime Minister Modi’s mockery of the newly formed INDIA alliance of opposition parties on Tuesday, saying he can call them by any name, but they will “help heal Manipur” and “rebuild the idea of India” in the state that has seen ethnic violence.
Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet that the INDIAN holidays will bring “love and peace” back to the people of Manipur.
“Call us what you like, Mr. Modi. We are INDIANS. We will help heal Manipur and wipe the tears of every woman and child. We will bring back love and peace for all his people. We will rebuild the idea of India in Manipur,” Gandhi said.
(With contributions from agencies)
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