Mizoram lone Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvrna alleged that his mic was switched off in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday when he rose to speak on the Manipur issue.
The sole Rajya Sabha MP from Mizoram, was responding to a speech by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday in which he referred to migration from Myanmar in the context of the violence in Manipur.
The Mizo National Front is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. On Thursday, the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha had demanded a discussion on the situation in Manipur under Rule 167 (discussion on a matter of public interest). However, Rajya Sabha Chairperson and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar adjourned the proceedings and directed that Vanlalvena’s speech should not go on record.
Vanlalvena had said in the Rajya Sabha: “I am a tribal MP. The Honorable Home Minister said that the tribal people in Manipur are Myanmarese. We are not Myanmarese. We are Indian. We have been living here before the British administration.”
The Opposition supported the Mizo National Front MP, and some of them went to the Well of the House while shouting slogans.
Taking to Twitter, the Rajya Sabha member from Mizoram said "I raised Manipur issue at Parliament session today's afternoon ie The 10th Aug 2023 .Hon'ble Chairman switched it off my microphone while I just began to speak.I continued my speech without microphone in the midst roarings of Opp MP's".