New Delhi, Nov 24, 2016: The winter session of the Parliament seems to be in dark as both houses are seeing an immense protest from opposition parties on the issue of demonetisation.
Today’s highlights of Parliament:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally decided to speak at the Rajya Sabha today. Though, the Prime Minister attended the proceedings of the upper house yesterday, the protests, ultimately leading to adjournment prevented him from addressing the Chair.
- Congress leader Anand Sharma says Prime Minister Narendra Modi is running away from Parliament. Rajya Sabha chairperson says finance minister is present in House.
- Bhaujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati claims PM Modi’s survey on public support is fake and sponsored.
- Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar saying that Arun Jaitley will respond in both Houses on Day 7 of Parliament.
- A meeting held at Rajnath Singh’s chamber in Parliament. Finance minister Arun Jaitley and other BJP leaders Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar are also present at the meet.
- Opposition leaders from various political parties meet in Parliament on Thursday, snubbing the Centre’s call for a meeting to ease the deadlock.
- Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge told media the party members will meet other opposition leaders and decide if they will attend the meeting called by home minister Rajnath Singh. “Let PM (Narendra Modi) or speaker call for the meet,” Kharge added. Some parties may also announce their individual programmes at the meeting.
- Reports said the home minister had called for a meeting with the Opposition at 10am.
- Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day. It will reconvene at 11 am on Friday.
- Kurien advises Opposition members to “discuss and debate” after ruckus continues in the House. But after they moved towards the Well of the House, Kurien decides to adjourn.
Uproar in the House again over PM’s absence.
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tells media outside Parliament House that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the debate. Commenting on the ruckus in Parliament, Jaitley said, “The proposal given by the opposition on debating, Rajya Sabha accepted and we were ready for debate. The Opposition’s prime proposal was that the Prime Minister shoud be there for the debate and then they started finding excuses. Opposition thinks demonetisation is a blunder. Don’t they think Commonwealth and 2G was a blunder? The entire country has seen that government during whose reign black money was generated.First day it was a debate without any pre-conditions, from next day they started putting unreasonable conditions and it continues.”
- Deputy chairperson adjourns Rajya Sabha till 3pm as Opposition parties chant slogans, demanding Modi’s presence.
- Amid ruckus over Modi’s absence, Arun Jaitley accused the Opposition of running away from debate. “There is no tradition that a prime minister has to be in the debate.”
- The Upper House erupts again over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s absence in Parliament. Ghulam Nabi Azad asks Chair if the Prime Minister only came for the Question Hour round.
- Rajya Sabha resumes after lunch. Mayawati requests deputy chairman to complete her statement.
- Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:01 pm.
TMC leader Derek O’ Brien on Demonetisation:
- Derek O’ Brien begins debating on demonetisation in the Rajya Sabha.
- Derek O’Brien reads out West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s reaction to the decision of banning old Rs 500/1000 notes: “While I’m against corruption. This is financial chaos, disaster… I want to know from the Prime Minister (Modi) how the poor will manage their daily sustenance. This is Mamata Banerjee reacting to the decision.”
- “Mamata Banerjee called (demonetisation) this the ‘big black scandal’”.
- TMC questions the government on why it didn’t print small currency notes, and why is there secrecy about printing notes.”Perhaps because you, sir (Jaitley), did not know about the government’s decision (to scrap old notes) either Secrecy cannot be the excuse for putting people in distress.”
- O’Brien questions which 92% people are happy with the government’s decision, referring to the online survey conducted by Modi.
SP leader Naresh Agrawal
- Naresh Agrawal of SP asks how people in countries like Nepal, Bhutan people will get their Indian currencies converted. Asking this question he concludes his comments on the demonetisation debate.
- Chairman of Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari orders Naresh Agrawal to cut down his speech. Deducts time allotted to Samajwadi Party.
- Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal speaks on demonetisation during debate in Rajya Sabha. Says the move has been taken with 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in mind.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh addressing RS on Demonetisation move:
- Leading the Congress’ charge Manmohan Singh says, “Prime Minister has said we should wait for 50 days. 50 days is a short period for us but, for those who are poor it is a disastrous time. About 50-60 people have already lost their life.”
- I would like to point out that from my point of view, this scheme of demonetisation will be very bad for agricultural produce of the country.
- Important to take note of the grievances of the people suffering.
- 60-65 people have lost their lives, what has been done can weaken our people’s confidence in currency and banking system.
- I want to ask PM that can he name any country where people have deposited their money but are not able to withdraw it. PM must come with some constructive proposal how we can implement the scheme.
- Monumental mismanagement has been undertaken in implementation of demonetisation.
- I hope that PM will help us find practical ways to give relief to people suffering.
Ghulam Nabi Azad:
- Leader of opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that “We are concerned about the inconvenience caused to people because of #demonetisation.”
- Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon as Opposition leaders continue to protest.
- Kurien does not allow motion by Naresh Aggarwal to discuss problems faced by people due to demonetisation of currency.
- TMC’s Derek O’Brien urges Paliament to maintain the sanctity of the House and allow former prime minister Manmohan Singh to speak in Rajya Sabha.
- Protests drown out Jaitley’s opposition over giving special time to other parties for speaking in Parliament. “It is not the normal zero hour,” says Jaitley. RS deputy chairman PJ Kurien attempts to silence the protesters.
- Lok Sabha adjourned for the day as the opposition continued to disrupt the house with its demand for a debate under adjournment motion on the issue of demonetisation.
- This is not right says Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to media on paper thrown at her in Lok Sabha by Naresh Agrawal of Samajwadi Party.
- Lok Sabha adjourned amid continues ruckus over demonetisation.
- Samajwadi Party MP Akshay Yadav threw a piece of paper at Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
- Lok Sabha takes a moment to mourn the deaths of former parliamentary member Sri Ram Naresh Yadav and Carnatic musician Balamuralikrishnan.
Check out winter session in Parliament till date
On day six, almost the entire opposition put up a united front against demonetisation paralysing Parliament’s functioning over the mode of discussion on the issue and the Prime Minister’s presence during debates on the issue.
On day five, the Winter session of Parliament, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha failed to conduct business as the opposition parties demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation in the House debate over demonetisation move. However the PM chose to skip the house even today.
On day four, opposition parties put forward a united front in Parliament as they escalated attacks on the government over the demonetisation issue. Both Houses had to be adjourned multiple times through the day only to be reconvened for a brief couple of minutes before pandemonium ensued again.
On day three, both the houses of Parliament failed to conduct business as the opposition denied to halt its protests against the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes.
On day two, the war on demonetisation was in the full swing against the central government in both houses of Parliament. After many adjournments, Rajya Sabha just after resuming at 3 pm, adjourned till today while the Lok Sabha was adjourned till today at 12 pm after uproar over demonetisation issue.
On day one, Lok Sabha was adjourned after obituary references. While in the Rajya Sabha a serious discussion between the government and opposition took place about the demonetisation move announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8. The Opposition parties moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on day 2.