Manipur violence will be discussed in West Bengal assembly

Manipur violence will be discussed in West Bengal assembly

KOLKATA: The West Bengal Assembly will discuss communal violence in Manipur during the monsoon session, which began on Monday.

The decision was taken in an ‘all-party’ meeting, which was boycotted by the opposition BJP. Lone ISF MLA Nawsad Siddiqui was also not present in the meeting.
“It has been decided that the Assembly will discuss the situation in Manipur and the humanitarian crisis facing the northeastern state. The date and under which rules the debate will be held is yet to be decided,” TMC Chief Whip Nirmal Ghosh told PTI.
In West Bengal, the ruling Trinamool Congress is alleging that the “divisive” policies of the BJP-led governments at the Center and in Manipur have led to communal strife in Manipur.
More than 160 people have lost their lives, and many others have been injured, since communal violence erupted in the state on May 3, when a ‘tribal solidarity march’ was held to protest against the demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status by the Meitei community in the hill districts.
The opposition BJP, which has been boycotting all-party meetings and business advisory committee meetings for the past few sessions, said it would oppose any such discussion on Manipur in the Assembly.
The BJP said it wanted a discussion on the violence in the panchayat elections in the state in which several people were killed.
The state government is trying to divert attention from its failures. We want a discussion on women’s safety in Bengal and panchayat election violence in the state,” said BJP’s Siliguri MLA Sankar Ghosh.

Monsoon session is likely to continue for two weeks.

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