Oppn demands PM’s presence in RS; both houses adjourned over demonetisation row

New Delhi, November 17: On the second consecutive day of the ongoing winter session of Parliament, the war on demonetisation is in the full swing against the central government. Rajya Sabha just after resuming at 3 pm, adjourned till tomorrow while the Lok Sabha was adjourned till tomorrow at 12 pm after uproar over demonetisation issue while the 

While the opposition has been repeatedly asking for prime minister Narendra Modi’s presence in the House, it was updated by Mallikarjun Kharge, that Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi will speak in the Lok Sabha today on demonetisation issue but the LS was adjourned later on.

Yesterday Rajya Sabha witnessed strong speeches by the opposition leaders criticising the government over the move Wednesday, Lok Sabha is likely to see the same today.

As serpentine queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw or exchange currency notes cease to recede, the government’s stress over demonetisation would also not reduce. The opposition is united to voice against centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and problems being faced by the common man.

However, the Centre has maintained that the step was in ‘national interest’ and those opposing the decision of currency ban should answer ‘if they support black money and corruption.’

UPDATES:

03:15: A heated war of words broke out between the leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and BJP leaders, leading to complete chaos in the House. Speaker P J Kurien adjourns the Rajya Sabha till Friday.

03:13: Ghulam Nabi Azad hit back at BJP, said: “You (BJP) attend marriages and functions in Pakistan and lay out red carpets for them, and you are saying this to us?”.

03:09: “Leader of opposition is insulting nation by making such remarks by comparing this with Pakistan-sponsored terror attacks, should apologise,” Naidu told Rajya Sabha.

03:09: BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu hits back at Congress for criticising currency ban, asks them if they want to support Pak-sponsored terrorism. “Do you want to save Pakistan, do you want to give the certificate to Pakistan.”

03:06: Congress leaders say they won’t let the House function till Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes to the Rajya Sabha to witness the debate on note ban.

03:06: Hitting back at BJP, Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “Pakistani terrorists did not kill even half of our people in Uri than those who have died due to Government’s wrong policies.”

03:04: BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells RS that “No matter what anybody says, this decision will not be taken back, we will not roll back demonetisation because this decision is against black marketers, Pakistani terrorists and those betraying the country.”

03:02: BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi leads Centre’s charge and said that his government would not roll back demonetisation of big notes at any cost.

2:08: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 PM after uproar over demonetisation issue.

Such a crisis was not even seen during Emergency. This decision may take India 100 years back: Mamata Banerjee #BlackmoneyDebate

2:00: Uproar in Rajya Sabha, opposition demands that PM is present for discussion on Demonetisation

12: 37 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after uproar over #demonetisation issue

12:35 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM. More uproar expected.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asks members of the opposition to sit peacefully and have a discussion. House is adjourned till 12:30 pm.

12:07 am: Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge wants adjournment motion under Rule 56.

Rule 56 states, “Subject to the provisions of these rules, a motion for an adjournment of the business of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance may be made with the consent of the Speaker.”

Former J&K CM & NCP’s chief Omar Omar Abdullah asks: Does anyone remember all the exemptions/modifications that have been announced to the demonetisation scheme since it was rolled out?

12:00: Rajya Sabha adjourns.

As dissent and protest over demonetisation continues Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 12 noon.

11:28 am: As members crowd the well of the House as it opened, Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 11:30 am. It is expected as the house convenes strong protests it will face.

11:23 am: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan chairs the Question Hour in Lok Sabha.

11:16 am: TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay demands roll back of the decision as it has caused tremendous distress to the people.

He also tweeted: Our party @AITCofficial has submitted an adjournment motion, we want a discussion on it: Sudip #DeMonetisation

11:15 am: BSP supremo Mayawati said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should address the House over the crisis.

11:14 am: As the Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das announced new guidelines for cash withdrawal by farmers and families having wedding, a complete dissent by the opposition is seen. The opposition demanded adjournment motion.

11:10 am: The opposition parties in Lok Sabha demanded debate on demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes by the central government. The discussion is expected to be heated.

Wefornews Bureau

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