PM Modi in, Rajya Sabha fails to debate

Opposition continues to demand apology, disrupts proceedings yet again.

Written by Ritika Chopra , Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Published:December 2, 2016 2:18 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in Rajya Sabha on Thursday could not lead to resumption of the debate on demonetisation as Opposition MPs demanded his apology for allegedly describing them as supporters of black money.

Modi entered the Upper House during question hour, noticing which Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad rose to reiterate the demand that the PM should be present throughout the discussion on demonetisation. But noisy exchanges followed the moment Azad brought up Modi’s comments against those opposing the decision.

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Leading the attack on the Opposition, I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu insisted that the prime minister had not said that the Opposition supported black money. “Don’t make allegations in the House. He ne’er said it,” he told Congress MPs shouting slogans. “We can shout even louder slogans than you.”

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad joined in to urge chairman Hamid Ansari to resume the debate. Ansari, after consulting Naidu, agreed to start the debate and called U Singh Deo of the BJD to speak.

The JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav intervened to say he too agreed the debate should continue, but it “cannot be one-way traffic” and demanded that the PM should remain seated in the House through the discussion. Chaos erupted again as Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien supported Azad and said the Opposition was ready to debate as soon as the PM withdraws his remarks. Congress members then immediately started shouting, “Pradhan Mantri mafi maango (PM should apologise)”.

“Sir, I have requested you that we are ready for a debate. The prime minister is very much here, and as and when required, he will also intervene in the debate. In spite of this, their intention is not to allow the debate. Now, the entire country has witnessed that they don’t want a debate,” Naidu was heard shouting amidst the din. This forced the chairman to adjourn the House for 15 minutes.
Modi stayed back in the House during the 15-minute break and members from various political parties, including some from the Opposition, were seen going to his seat to chat with him.

After the House reassembled, Ansari had to adjourn it again until 2 pm.

In the afternoon, Opposition MPs ignored repeated pleas from the chair that the discussion should resume given the presence of the PM.

They trooped into the well demanding his apology for his remarks. “Today they have run out of excuses, they are trapped in the web of their own cleverness. Please start the discussion. You have neither arguments nor truth… the hoarders of black money have become paupers. Should the PM apologise for trying to give the poor their rights, their rightful wealth that has been looted for generations … it is Congress who should apologise for what they did, for what kept the poor in this country in misery,” said MoS (Parliamentary Affairs) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as the treasury benches, struggling to match the lung power of the Opposition, thumped desks instead.

Deputy chairman P J Kurien kept asking for the discussion to start but his entreaties went in vain and the House had to be adjourned for the day.

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    Ashoke
    Dec 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    Let Mr. Narcissist Mythomaniac justify the introduction of ₹2000 notes. Also, has the ₹1000 note been fully abolished for ever? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why the introduction of new currency notes having the denominations of ₹10, 20, 50 and 100 printed with new security features in 2016 bears signature of Raghuram Rajan, and then for new ₹500 and 2000 notes bear signature of Urjit Patel, who resumed the office of RBI governor on Sep.6, 2016. The game plan of भारतीय जुा पार्टी has been exposed.
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      Ashoke
      Dec 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm
      This is IE. The writer should have been on TOI for such comment.
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        V anand
        Dec 2, 2016 at 11:08 am
        We don't need stan or China to destabilise India.We have enough of Jaichands in the Parliament.Its high time we think about our motherland.
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          GopalB
          Dec 2, 2016 at 6:15 am
          It must have been such a frustrating experience for Mr Modi to have gone to Rajya Sabha for debate, as demanded by opposition and then to see them heckling like mad dogs .What a waste of time, Mr Modi could have spent his time better in attending to important business in his office than to sit in Rajya Sabha as mute spectator .Sad, our House Speakers are unable to wield their authority to discipline these unruly members . Shame !
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            G K
            Dec 2, 2016 at 3:20 am
            Modi, We all are with you. Go ahead and make dreamed India.
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              Anonymous
              Dec 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm
              Get Cold Play to perform.mayb then our PM will speak
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                Ghoda Murshatpur
                Dec 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm
                God knows when congress will come to senses. Most probably not before Kangress mukt Bharat.
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                  ranjini
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 5:37 am
                  The MAIN headline of this ARTICLE need to HANGE. It is the opposition who did NOT ALLOW debate.
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                    ranjini
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 5:34 am
                    You are TRUELY ANTI-IMPROVEMWNT of INDIA
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                      ranjini
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 5:36 am
                      You need to CHECK your PSYCHOLOGY means MIND CHECKUP
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