No-Confidence Motion Day 2 in Parliament Live Updates (August 9): Union Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah on Wednesday, addressing the Lok Sabha, defended Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh over violence in the state which began on May 3. Mentioning that a state CM needs to be changed when he/she isn’t cooperating, he said that the present CM “has cooperated with the Centre.” Shah further appealed to both the Meitei and Kuki communities not to engage in violence, saying that the tensions, which have caused about 152 people to lose their lives, can be resolved only through dialogue. Shah began his address on Manipur violence issue, by calling the incident “shameful,” and went on to say that the politics over it was “even more shameful.”
Meanwhile, Congress party on Wednesday staged a walk out of the Rajya Sabha in protest over their demand to discuss Manipur violence issue under Rule 267. Leader of Opposition in the Upper House and Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, furious over their demands being unfulfilled, said, ‘We are not being allowed to speak, and the Prime Minister is not ready to come to the House, the government is not ready to listen to us. That’s why, we are walking out of the House in protest,’ and walked out of the House along with other Opposition leaders.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on PM Modi during the no confidence motion debate in Lok Sabha today, and stated that “from Manipur to Nuh, you have set the entire country on fire.” “BJP’s politics has murdered India in Manipur… BJP is anti-national,” he added. Hitting back, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “We wanted a discussion on Manipur, it was the Opposition who ran away from a discussion.” Congress Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi had initiated the no confidence debate on Tuesday, saying that the Opposition has brought this motion for Manipur. The debate is expected to continue till Thursday (August 10), when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to give his reply.