ANI Photo | “Their present, past, and future are black”: Piyush Goyal’s dig at protesting Opposition MPs wearing black clothes

Targetting the Opposition members who arrived in the Parliament wearing black clothes as part of their “Protest against the ongoing Manipur violence”, Union Minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal, said it was unfortunate that politics is being done on such a serious matter. 
“Unfortunate that politics is being done even on such a serious matter. This is a matter of India’s honour, a matter of India’s emerging image before the world…I think that the people who are wearing black clothes can’t understand the increasing power of the country….,” Piyush Goyal said while speaking in the Upper House on Thursday as the Opposition members raised slogans, displayed placards, and disrupted the proceedings. 
“Their present, past and future are black. But we hope there will be light in their life too…,” Goyal said. 
His remarks came shortly after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar made his statement in the Upper House on the latest developments in India’s Foreign Policy. His address was however disrupted by the Opposition MPs. 
The Monsoon session of Parliament saw adjournments on several occasions due to uproar from the Opposition benches as they intend to corner the government on the Manipur issue. Manipur has been witnessing ethnic violence since May 3. 
Also, the Opposition has used a parliamentary tool of no-confidence motion to express its lack of confidence in the government but this time they are using it to compel Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a statement in the House on the Manipur issue that has stalled the Parliament for five consecutive days. 
The Congress, as part of the newly formed I.N.D.I.A Opposition alliance, along with Telangana’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), have filed two separate no-confidence motions against the government. 
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla accepted the Opposition’s no-confidence motion brought to the House by Congress Party MP Gaurav Gogoi against the Government earlier today, saying that he will speak to leaders of all parties and announce when the discussion on the motion will be taken up. 
Since the Monsoon Session began on July 20, the Opposition members have been firm in their demand for a discussion and a statement from PM Modi on Manipur. The Opposition raised a chorus that all scheduled or listed businesses in both Houses be set aside for a discussion on the Manipur situation.

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