As opposition parties continue to call for a statement from Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed parliament on Tuesday, July 25, that he had written a letter to the leaders of the opposition in both chambers of parliament encouraging them to “cooperate” in holding a discussion on Manipur.
In light of rumours that opposition parties may introduce a motion of no confidence in parliament on Wednesday, Shah made his comments.
While introducing the Multi-State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2022 in the Lok Sabha, Shah stated that he had sent a letter pleading with the opposition parties to foster a conversation about Manipur.
“Those yelling slogans have no interest in working together or cooperating. They also don’t care about Dalit or female welfare, remarked Shah as opposition supporters continued to chant “Say it, Modi!” on the floor of the assembly.
“I’ve written to the opposition leaders in both chambers of parliament to let them know that I’m willing to participate in a conversation for whatever long it takes. Regarding Manipur, the administration has nothing to conceal. Those who like to converse may do so here. The nation is keeping tabs on us. I implore them to create a favorable atmosphere for parliamentary discussion on Manipur,” he said.
Without debate, the Multi-State Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed by the Lok Sabha, but opposition MPs shouted protests throughout the proceedings while waving signs that read “Save Manipur” and “Prime Minister Modi, address the house.”
Later, Shah posted a copy of the letter on Twitter and stated that he had requested both Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, and Mallikarjun Kharge, the opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha, to “rise above party lines” and “cooperate” on this crucial matter.
Today, I wrote to the opposition leaders of both houses, Shri @adhirrcinc Ji of Lok Sabha, and Shri @kharge Ji of Rajya Sabha, appealing to them for their invaluable cooperation in the discussion of the Manipur issue.
The government is ready to discuss the issue of Manipur and… pic.twitter.com/IpGGtYSNwT
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 25, 2023