INDIA alliance demands PM's statement on Manipur; protests AAP MP's suspensiontext_fields
New Delhi: In protest of AAP leader Sanjay Singh's suspension and in support of their demand that the prime minister open the House debate on Manipur, leaders of the opposition alliance INDIA will remain in the Parliament grounds all night. Senior leaders claimed that the protest, which started on Monday morning, will continue on Tuesday as well. Throughout the night, a team of INDIA alliance leaders will take turns sitting near the Gandhi statue.
The last time an all-night protest was organised by the opposition leaders was in July last year when 20 suspended Rajya Sabha members started a 50-hour relay protest inside the Parliament complex.
AAP MP Sanjay Singh, who was suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remainder of the Monsoon session, is expected to sit at the protests through the night. Singh's wife has already brought essentials for him at the site.
"All parties have drawn up rosters of their leaders who will represent them through the day and night. Leaders will take turns.
"There is full solidarity among the parties. While the move is to protest Singh's suspension. It is also a protest demanding the PM speak on Manipur whether in Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha," a senior leader said.
Sources said that leaders of the INDIA combine have been adamant on the demand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi open the discussion on the violence in Manipur and several parties have rebuffed the government's efforts to placate them.
Sources said that Defence Minister and Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh called up Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, DMK leader TR Balu and TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay to convey the government's intention of discussing Manipur.
However, none of them relented on their demand for the prime minister to make a statement on the matter in Parliament, sources said.
Leaders of the INDIA alliance also said the opposition's demand for the prime minister's statement in Parliament on the violence in Manipur was conveyed to the BJP on July 16, four days ahead of the Monsoon Session.
With PTI inputs