RS sees chaos, adjournments over currency ban

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New Delhi, Nov 18, 2016: On the third day of Winter session of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha witnessed multiple interruptions before adjourning till November 21, with opposition parties continuing with their protest against the Centre’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

As soon as the upper House of Parliament met for the day’s business at 11.00 a.m., a united opposition started raising slogans against the government.

The agitated members denied to listen to the chair’s repeated requests to calm down and created the uproar, leading to the adjournment until 11.30 a.m.

As the House reassembled, the opposition parties demanded the apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, leading to a second adjournment, this time until 12.00 noon.

Similar scenes were observed once again as the House met at 12.00 noon. Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari pleaded with the members to go back to their seats, assuring that their concerns would be taken care of.

“Please go back to your seats,” he kept on repeating, but the bedlam continued, forcing the chair to adjourn the House for 30 minutes again.

The Rajya Sabha has disrupted yet again as it met at 12.33 p.m. The Chairman asked the agitating members to maintain peace and let the House function, but they did not pay attention to his pleas, forcing him to adjourn it.

The House was then adjourned until 2.30 p.m.

Opposition MPs assembled near the Chairman’s podium raising slogans against the government.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi sought an apology from the Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad for comparing the death of soldiers in the Uri terror attack with that of those standing in queues outside banks and ATMs post demonetisation.

Again when the House reassembled at 2.30 p.m, JDU leader Sharad Yadav said It’s the duty of the Government to ensure Parliament functions, but here ruling party MPs are creating the uproar.

But the discussion of Upper House of Parliament doesn’t work as the house then adjourned till Monday after uproar over demonetization issue and Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement.

The Rajya Sabha had a day-long debate on the issue on the very first day of the on-going winter session of the Parliament, but opposition parties became restless when Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not show up in the House during the debate.

Thursday onwards, they started demanding the presence of Modi in the House, saying the Prime Minister should be there as it is an issue of national importance.

Read More: Parliament Live: Both Houses adjourned till Monday amid uproar over notes ban

 Wefornews Bureau

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