Lok Sabha: Opposition walks out; demands one day to discuss NEET

"We wanted a one-day discussion on NEET. It is an important issue. More than two crore students have been affected. Paper leaks have happened on 70 occasions. We would be happy if you allow a separate discussion on the issue," Gandhi said
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi with other MPs of INDIA bloc stages a protest against the alleged misuse of probe agencies by the central government, during the ongoing Parliament session, in New Delhi today, July 1.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi with other MPs of INDIA bloc stages a protest against the alleged misuse of probe agencies by the central government, during the ongoing Parliament session, in New Delhi today, July 1. (PTI Photo)

Opposition members today, Monday, July 1, demanded a separate one-day discussion on the NEET paper leak issue in the Lok Sabha and staged a walkout after they sought a clear assurance from the government on the issue.

According to PTI, Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of irregularities in NEET soon after the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, prompting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to assert that a separate discussion cannot be held till the House finishes with the motion of thanks on the president's address.

"We wanted a one-day discussion on NEET. It is an important issue. More than two crore students have been affected. Paper leaks have happened on 70 occasions. We would be happy if you allow a separate discussion on the issue," Gandhi said.

With regard to this, the deputy leader of the Lok Sabha said the House has certain rules and procedures and also healthy traditions, which are the strength of this House.

"In my decades-long tenure as a parliamentarian, never has any other issue been taken up during the motion of thanks on the president's address. Other issues can be raised after passing the motion of thanks," Singh said.

Taking advantage of his remarks, Gandhi and other opposition leaders demanded that the matter be discussed in the House following the motion of thanks discussion and asked the administration for a concrete guarantee. "We can send a message from Parliament to the students that the issue of NEET is very important for us," Gandhi stated.

Following this, Speaker Om Birla said there was no convention of taking up any other discussion during the debate on the motion of thanks and members can give a separate notice for the discussion on NEET. Opposition members were on their feet as the speaker called on BJP member Anurag Thakur to initiate the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.

Opposition members continued to insist on a categorical assurance from the government on having a separate discussion on NEET and staged a walkout, as stated in a report by PTI.

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