Lok Sabha proceedings continued to be disrupted on Wednesday leading to adjournment of the House twice till afternoon, as the Opposition and the Treasury benches raised slogans and exchanged barbs over the demonetisation issue. As the proceedings commenced for the day at 11.00 am, the Opposition demanded a discussion on the matter under a rule which entails voting. Members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress and the Left parties soon entered the Well, raising slogans and demanding voting after a debate on the demonetisation issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House as questions for the PMO were listed to be taken up during Question Hour. However, he left shortly thereafter.
Rejecting the Opposition demand, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said voting had already taken place and it has gone in favour of the Prime Minister.
Kumar said Modi has got the highest votes in the ‘Time’ magazine opinion poll and the voting has already taken place, which was objected to by Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge.
“It is beyond my understanding why the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties are opposing when we are ready for discussion under Rule 193 (which does not entail voting),” the Minister said.
This was met with vociferous slogans the Opposition members who demanded debate under rule 184 which entails voting after the discussion. With slogan shouting continuing unabated, the House was adjourned till noon.
Similar scenes continued when the House met again. However, the Speaker directed the laying of papers and allowed members to raise issues of importance. However, she later adjourned the House till 1400 hours.