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Lok Sabha adjourned till July 1 as opposition pushes for discussion on NEET

Lok Sabha adjourned till July 1 as opposition pushes for discussion on NEET

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Friday was adjourned till July 1 amidst Opposition members seeking the acceptance of an adjournment motion to suspend all business and discuss matters related to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

Speaker Om Birla said that he could not allow it as the House was about to discuss the Motion of Thanks on President Draupadi Murmu's joint sitting with Parliament yesterday.

With the Opposition not relenting, an uproar continued and the Speaker subsequently adjourned the House till Monday. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, earlier on Friday demanded a discussion on NEET in Parliament, adding that the discussion must happen "respectfully."

"Yesterday, all the leaders of the opposition parties had a meeting and it was unanimous that today, we want a discussion on the NEET issue. There should be a discussion on NEET here in the House. I request the Prime Minister that this is an issue of the youth and it should be discussed properly and it should be a respectful discussion. We will do it respectfully. You should also join the discussion, you should also participate because this is a matter for the youth. A message should go from the Parliament that the Indian government and the opposition are talking about the students together," Rahul Gandhi told ANI before entering the Parliament.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju said, "...On behalf of the government, we have made it clear that we will give detailed information on whatever issue is raised. We assure the members once again that the Government is always ready for discussion. But by halting the proceedings of the House, the tendency adopted by the Congress party - of not letting the House function - is not right...I condemn this. I appeal that those should not happen again."