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Lok Sabha urges Meitei & Kuki communities to engage in dialogue

By Nirendra Dev 

New Delhi: After days of one-upmanship between treasury benches and Opposition, there was a semblance of unity in Lok Sabha on Wednesday and the House made an appeal to both Meitei and Kuki communities to  shun the path of violence and engage in dialogue.

Home Minister Amit Shah, under consistent attack for the last three months made a spirited and elaborate reply on various questions raised on Manipur violence during the debate on No Confidence motion. 

At the end of his intervention lasting more than an hour, Shah urged the Speaker Om Birla if the House agreed there should be an appeal to both the communities to engage in talks and also to talk to the centre to end the unprecedented impasse over repeated incidents of ethnic clashes. 

Leader of the House and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also endorsed Shah’s suggestion and urged the chair to go ahead with the appeal. “For the cause of peace, we expect there is cooperation on this from all sections of the House,” Rajnath Singh, also a former Home Minister said.

Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury must have been taken by surprise at such suggestions said, “We want to make such an appeal in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi….We were always

in favour of the debate in the presence of the Prime Minister”.

Rajnath Singh said, “To reply to the debate on the No Confidence Motion, the Prime Minister will be present in the House”.

The Speaker then took the sense of the House and members endorsed it saying yes and raising their hands.

During the debate, Home Minister Shah said, “With folded hands I appeal to both Meitei and Kuki communities to engage in dialogue. Violence is not a solution to any problem, I assure you that we will bring peace in the state”.

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