Oppn walkout in LS ahead of discussion on Prez’s address

New Delhi, July 1 (UNI) As the discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address began in Parliament on Monday, the Opposition members staged a walkout in Lok Sabha over the issue of the alleged NEET paper leak.

Making an initial remark, Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi said, “A message is disseminated to the country, from Parliament. We want to give a message to students that the NEET issue is important for the Parliament. So, to send this message we want the Parliament to discuss this.”

As the Lok Sabha session reconvened on Monday, Speaker Om Birla and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju informed Opposition members that they could address the matter during the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address to both Houses of Parliament.

The Lok Sabha Speaker, who did not accept adjournment motions by Opposition MPs on NEET, also refused to entertain LoP Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion of a one-day discussion on the paper leak issue.

“You can give your suggestions, but I decide,” he said.

Earlier, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal and MP Manickam Tagore submitted an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha, seeking discussion on the issues of paper leaks during exams, including NEET-UG and UGC NET.

Before the start of day’s proceedings, the Opposition, led by Rahul Gandhi, staged a demonstration outside Parliament, alleging that the government was misusing central agencies against Opposition leaders.

The opposition MPs from Congress, TMC, Shiv Sena (UBT) and others raised slogans alleged that the government is misusing central agencies, including the ED and CBI.

Meanwhile, Anurag Thakur initiated the discussion on Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in Lok Sabha.

He described the INDIA bloc as an alliance of the corrupt, believing in the slogan “work from jail” – a veiled reference to Delhi CM, AAP leader and INDIA bloc member Arvind Kejriwal who is in jail in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

About allegations that mics of Opposition leaders get switched off, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said, “I do not have control over the mics.”

The charge that mics of Opposition leaders in Parliament are silenced to stop them from speaking was levelled by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

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