Government has no fear of discussing Manipur issue, opposition should fear the public: Home Minister Amit Shah

By Priyanka Tiwari July 25, 2023 11:37 PM IST

New Delhi. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday once again called upon the opposition parties to discuss a sensitive subject like Manipur as ‘the people of the country are watching them and they should fear the public’ amid the deadlock in both the Houses of Parliament on the issue of Manipur violence for the last few days. 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 issue of Manipur.

Responding to the brief discussion on the Multi-State Cooperative Societies Amendment Bill 2022 in the Lower House, the Home and Cooperative Minister mentioned the subject of Manipur and told that he has written letters to both the Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in this context. Shah also said that the government has no fear of discussing Manipur and has nothing to hide.

He said amidst the sloganeering of the opposition members, ‘Today I have written a letter to the leader of the opposition of both the Houses that I am ready for any long discussion. The government has no fear, those who want to discuss should come to discuss. We do not have to hide anything. 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 atmosphere in the House for discussion on 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. He said, ‘I hope that all parties will cooperate to resolve this important issue.’ Home Minister Amit Shah had said in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government is ready for a discussion on this very sensitive issue and urged the opposition to allow the discussion to take place and let the truth come out.

The Congress and other constituents of the opposition coalition ‘Indian National Developmental 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. Due to the ruckus on this issue, the proceedings of both the Houses were repeatedly interrupted on the first four days of the monsoon session of the Parliament.