Parliament: RS adjourned till tomorrow over currency notes issue

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New Delhi, Aug 8, 2017: The special session in both houses of the parliament on occasion of the Quit India movement’s 75th anniversary are going on Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha:

  • Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad the Bill will allow RBI to take action against NPAs. This is an important Bill. It should be taken up, he says.
  • House resumes. But stand off continues.
  • Jairam Ramesh requests the Chair not to pass the Banking Regulation Bill in din and added that the ordinance was issued because of threat to financial stability. The greater threat is from different currency notes. Please take it up now.
  • Then the house was adjourned for 15 minutes.
  • On which, Naqvi requests the Chair to pass the Bill in din. They want to make speeches but don’t want to participate in legislative business. We have been elected to carry out this very business, he says.
  • Digvijaya Singh says we have become a laughing stock. How can similar currency notes be printed in various sizes, he asks.
  • Anand Sharma says it is a serious issue. House will adjourn sine die is a couple of days. We can’t wait for Winter Session. No Bills will be passed without getting answer for these questions, says Anand Sharma.
  • Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukthar Abbas Naqvi replies there is consensus on legislative business and hence Bills should be taken up.
  • Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal yesterday raises the issue of 500 rupee notes available in various dimensions which caused adjournment in Rajya Sabha. The Chair allows him to speak after he brings it under rule 267.
  • The Chair rejects suspension notice. Congress MPs shout slogans ‘Farzi noton ki Sarkar nahi chalegi’. They storm Well.
  • Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav recalls the contributions of Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan in the freedom struggle.
  • Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad recalls the crucial Congress Working Committee meet that decided on Quit India Movement. Indian leaders including Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru urged the UK to grant freedom and India will fight the World War II as an ally but not as a slave. The British were silent. Maulana Azad, the then president of Congress was presiding the meet. But the hero was Mahatma Gandhi who said ‘do or die’.
  • Both Gandhi and Nehru said that if Hindus and Muslims combine forces, we are sure to attain independence.
  • Leader of the House Arun Jaitley recalls the Quit India Movement, where several leaders including Mahatma Gandhi was jailed. The Indian National Army was also trying to gain independence for the country, he says.
  • Jaitley praises the parliamentary democracy, of how individuals and political parties with different ideologies join hands to work for the development of the nation.
  • “We need to work on our social infrastructure, health, education, rural economy, taxation,” he says.

Lok Sabha:

After PM Modi’s address, Congress president Sonia Gandhi was the next who speaks in Lok Sabha:

  • She said that Mahatma Gandhi’s call to “do or die” galvanized the people of the country and recalls Congress leaders who were jailed and the restrictions imposed by the British across the country.
  • Gandhi also added that on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement, people are questioning if foundation of democracy is under attack and ended her address by saying “We must fight for India that we believe in.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Lok Sabha on the 75th Anniversary of Quit India Movement:

  • PM Modi said that “It is important for the youth to know about the historical events like the Quit India Movement.”
  • Remembering such movement will give us strength as a nation. The Quit India movement marked rise of a new leadership. They supported Mahatma Gandhi during the movement. Our freedom not only about India but a defining moment in ending colonialism in other parts of the world. Poverty, lack of education, malnutrition big challenges for our nation, the PM said.
  • He further said that “We need to bring a positive change. “Corruption has eaten our polity from the inside. Let’s pledge to honestly work to fight poverty, malnutrition.”
  • “From 2017 to 2022, when India turns 75, we need to create the same spirit that existed from 1942 to 1947. In 1942, the clarion call was ‘Karenge Ya Marenge’; today it is ‘Karenge Aur Kar Ke Rahenge’,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin. Vice President Hamid Ansari is in the Chair. He begins by telling the House it is the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement. Let us reaffirm our commitment to uphold the sovereignty, and integrity of the nation, he says. The House pays silent tributes.

Wefornews Bureau

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