“Won’t Chair Lok Sabha Sessions Till MPs Behave,” Says Speaker Om Birla On Ruckus Over Manipur Issue: Read On!

Om Birla did not take the Speaker’s position when the House met on Wednesday. Due to the Manipur issue’s pandemonium, the House had to be adjourned for the day. The Lok Sabha’s Speaker, Om Birla, has conveyed her extreme disgust with both the ruling party and the opposition over the House’s dysfunction. According to news agency ANI, Birla reportedly told both sides that he won’t enter the Lok Sabha unless lawmakers conduct themselves with respect for the chamber.

Birla did not appear in the Speaker’s chair when the House convened on Wednesday. The Wednesday session of the Lok Sabha was abruptly called to adjourn after an acrimonious start. The mood was the same as when the House reconvened at 2 PM, with opposition MPs yelling about the Manipur issue. Kirit Premjibhai Solanki presided over the second Lok Sabha session, while Midhun Reddy presided over the first. In the end, the commotion forced the House to adjourn for the day.

Since the beginning of the Monsoon session of Parliament on July 20, opposition parties have caused havoc by raising demands for statements from the prime minister, which has slowed down proceedings in both Houses. However, the governing BJP has only consented to a brief conversation on Manipur and a statement from Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In order to quickly restore peace and harmony to the state, the Opposition has now asked the President to step in. A group of 31 opposition politicians from the INDIA bloc met with President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Manipur and delivered a memorandum. The visit was led by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. After the meeting, Kharge stated that the group’s major demand was that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit the violent state of Manipur and take action to bring about a return to peace.

The Opposition stated in their document, “Both the Union and state governments must fulfil their duty to provide justice to the affected communities. We implore you to press upon the PM to urgently address the Parliament on the prevailing situation in Manipur, followed by a detailed and comprehensive discussion on the matter.”  The Manipur problem erupted last month after a video of two indigenous women being displayed in their underwear went viral. Due to a delay in filing a FIR, the state police have come under pressure. The group of 21 opposition MPs toured the districts of Manipur that had experienced violence and spoke with residents of relief camps in both the valley and the hills.