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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla Dismayed Over Repeated Parliament Disruptions, Chooses To Remain Absent

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla has reportedly said he will not attend sessions until lawmakers behave according to the dignity of the House.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is sad over the behaviour of both the government and Opposition that has hampered proceedings of the House so far.

Birla has expressed displeasure over the continued disruption of Parliamentary activities, the reports said.

He, as per the reports, has said that he will not attend sessions until lawmakers behave according to the dignity of the House.

On Wednesday Birla remained absent from the Speaker's seat in Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day as opposition members continued their protests on the Manipur issue, demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in the state, which has been affected by months-long ethnic violence.

Ethnic violence has plunged Manipur into what is being dubbed a state of civil war as the two largest groups, the majority Meitei and minority Kuki, battle over land and influence.

Last month, the shocking video of an attack emerged  in which two Kuki women were paraded naked by Meitei men shortly after their village was razed.

The Meiteis account for over 50 percent population in Manipur, while around 43 percent population jointly constitutes of Kukis, Nagas and other tribes.

Over 150 people have been killed and several injured in violence that began in May this year. 

Over 60,000 people have been left displaced from their homes, the reports said.

BJP member Kirit Solanki, who led the proceedings, urged opposition members to maintain order, but ultimately adjourned the proceedings for the day.

The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, was scheduled for consideration and passage today in the lower house, but due to the adjournment, it could not be discussed or voted upon. This also rendered the BJP whip moot.

Birla was upset with the behaviour of both the opposition and treasury benches during the passage of bills in the Lok Sabha, the reports said.
The Speaker holds the dignity of the House in the highest esteem and expects members to maintain decorum during proceedings, the reports mentioned.

Both the opposition and treasury benches have been informed of the speaker's displeasure over the repeated disruptions in parliament since the monsoon session began on July 20.

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