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Govt ready to discuss Manipur violence during Parliament's monsoon session: Pralhad Joshi Prahlad Joshi

Govt ready to discuss Manipur violence during Parliament's monsoon session: Pralhad Joshi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 19 Jul 2023, 08:44 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The BJP-led NDA government is ready to debate on the issue of Manipur violence during the monsoon session of Parliament beginning from Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said here on Wednessday.

Talking to the media after an all-party meeting in the Parliament, Joshi said: "We are ready to discuss the Manipur violence issue in the monsoon session and appealed to the opposition parties for their cooperation on such an important issue"

The Congress party has been seeking a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi since ethnic violence broke out in Manipur on May 3.

When asked about Congress' demand that PM Modi has to make a "suo-moto" statement on Manipur, issue Joshi said, "Home Ministry is the nodal agency to take up the matter and we have already told the Congress leaders that the government is ready to discuss the matter pertaining to Manipur".

The Congress earlier said discussions on issues like price rise and Manipur are "non-negotiable".

During the meeting, several opposition leaders raised the demand to discuss the violence in Manipur in the Parliament.

The Parliament Affairs Minister informed that there are 31 legislative items lined up for the session.

The all-party meeting was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in which 34 parties and 44 ministers participated.

While asked about the opposition meeting in Bengaluru, he called it "old wine in a new bottle".

The Monsoon Session of Parliament will continue till August 11.

There will be a total of 17 sittings in this session spread over 23 days.

According to the government, around 31 bills are going to be taken up in this session.

The bills include the Forest Bill, Data Protection Bill, and The Government of National Territory of Delhi Amendment Bill 2022, among others.

On Tuesday, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a meeting in New Delhi with its 39 parties.

On the other hand, the Opposition consisting of 26 parties had already engaged in a two-day meet in Bengaluru.

This meeting aimed to form an "anti-BJP" front which also called itself as “Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA)”.

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