Amid an uproar on the opening day of the monsoon session of Parliament, the PM said: “What has happened to the daughters of Manipur can never be forgiven.The law with all its might will take one step after another. I assure the countrymen that not even a single culprit will be spared.”
In his first public remarks on the violent ethnic conflict that has cleaved the Manipur society, Modi said. “Today, when I am standing by this temple of democracy, my heart is full of pain and anger. The incident in the state will shame any decent society, and it has insulted the entire country and the 140 crore countrymen are feeling ashamed.”Modi, who was speaking to reporters in the Parliament House complex, also referred to the recent incidents of crime against women in Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh to say that the issue of respect for women should not be reduced to partisan bickering. “Be it Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Manipur or any part of the country, maintaining law and order and respecting women should be put above any political debate,” the PM said. “I urge all CMs to further strengthen law and order in their states. I urge them to take strong steps, especially to protect our mothers and sisters.”
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The circulation of the video of the horrific incident of May 4 came as a blow to the government’s plans to ensure a smooth monsoon session. It has lined up an ambitious legislative agenda for the two Houses and had, in order to facilitate the passage of important bills, on Wednesday offered to allow discussion on all issues, including the Manipur situation.
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Modi also asked parliamentarians to make full use of the session for extensive discussions on a host of bills which, he added, are in people’s interest.
The PM referred to the bills on personal data protection, national research foundation and mediation besides the Jan Vishwas bill to assert that there are many such proposed laws which are in the interest of the nation and different sections of society.
He said the data protection bill will give a new sense of confidence to the people and at the same time, it will enhance India’s stature in the world. Similarly, the national research foundation bill is a very important step in the context of the new education policy to strengthen research and innovation, he said.