Congress slams Centre after Rajya Sabha adjournment

Modi govt appeared to agree but indicated that the earliest that the discussion could take place was only on Aug 11.

New Delhi: The Congress on Friday slammed the Central government following the adjournment of the Rajya Sabha after both the Treasury bench and the Opposition were adamant on discussing the atrocities on women in Rajasthan and Manipur.

The Rajya Sabha will now meet at 11 a.m. on August 7.

The adjournment of the Upper House came amid ruckus as the Treasury bench and the Opposition parties stood firm on their demands for the discussions.

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Hitting out at the Centre, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said: “Yesterday (Thursday), INDIA parties offered a middle path solution to the Modi government to enable the smooth functioning of the Rajya Sabha. We said let us have a mutually negotiated motion on Manipur under Rule 167 and start a discussion on it.

“The Modi government appeared to agree but indicated that the earliest that the discussion could take place was only on August 11. This shows the government is not serious.

“The discussion should ideally have taken place today for which INDIA parties were ready or very soon — on Monday or Tuesday. We are very serious about the middle path, finding a solution, but clearly the Modi government is not. So much for our sincere efforts.”

The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) on Thursday agreed for a discussion on Manipur issue in Parliament but also made clear that they need a detailed statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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