Demonetisation paralyses Parliament; Clash in Rajya Sabha over Azad remarks

Opposition parties, led by Congress, created uproar in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha as soon as the Houses met for the day and it continued throughout.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 7:33 pm
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Parliament was paralysed on Thursday over demonetisation, with Rajya Sabha witnessing a sharp clash over certain remarks by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, leaving a debate on the issue incomplete in the House which had a lively discussion on Wednesday.

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Opposition parties, led by Congress, created uproar in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha as soon as the Houses met for the day and it continued throughout. The Lok Sabha could carry out business only during the Question Hour, that too amid the uproar, after which it was adjourned for the day minutes past 12 pm.

The Rajya Sabha could not transact any business. In the Upper House, which witnessed about six-hour-long debate on demonetisation yesterday, Congress and some other opposition parties pressed, from the word go, for the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the House and a response from him over the hardships caused to people by the November 8 decision to make Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes invalid.

AIADMK members, meanwhile, trooped into the Well and created uproar demanding that Karnataka release Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu.

The uproar forced repeated adjournments of the House, whose proceedings for the day were ended minutes past 3 pm following a major clash between opposition and ruling members after Congress leader Azad compared Uri terror attack casualties to the number of deaths which occurred due to demonetisation “crisis”.

Taking strong objection to this, the ruling side termed the comments as “anti-national” and demanded an apology from Congress besides seeking deletion of the remarks from the official records of the Upper House.

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Azad, while demanding presence of the Prime Minister and asserting that the House will not be allowed to function till he comes there, said 40 people had died following government’s decision on demonetisation.

“People are suffering because of demonetisation. The death toll has reached 40. In the attack by Pakistani terrorists (on army camp) in Uri (in Kashmir), even half of the deaths did not take place. People double than that figure have died due to wrong policy of the government,” he said.

In the Uri attack, 18 army personnel had been killed. In an apparent reference to the cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by India in PoK after the Uri attack, Azad said, “There should be air strike on BJP….Your wrong policies are responsible for their murders.”

He said since the Prime Minister had made the demonetisation announcement, he should come to the House.

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First Published on: November 17, 2016 7:07 pm
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    prakash gotimukul
    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:55 pm
    First Azad must decide whether is Ghulam or not. Second he shd not come to parl after taking charas. Third he shd not spend too much time with Pappu, it has devastating effect on Azad, he becomes Ghulam...............after that what he talks is sheer npmnsense. He shd show this video of what he talked to Sonia.She may hv tears or laugh we dont know? It will be known that night in the morning when Pappu meets.....................Is it looking like a parody? Yes, this is what Cong speeches in Parl are nowadays........At 44 it is in this state, we can imagine what happens when they r 4 or 14...........you can see them in front of a masjid or a temple or a church with bowl on the stairs, bcs they dont want e finance.By that time all others will be using e money and would hv moved 10 yrs ahead
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      Ash
      Nov 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm
      His words reflect real Congress nature.lt;br/gt;Congress can side with stan to come to power , it is the only goal for them.
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        Laxminarayanan
        Nov 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm
        Carpet bombing by Modi on Indians
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          Dipesh
          Nov 17, 2016 at 10:03 pm
          PM should listen the debate in house and answer the queries by oppositionstead of making public remark he should face the house.If he is taking credit for each and everything he should also make habbit to accept the criticism.
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            IML sood
            Nov 17, 2016 at 5:34 pm
            But big Q is how this stonecold like other corrupts will save himself from honest people wrath.
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              IML sood
              Nov 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm
              It is the fate of the country that such Cong.leaders having loyality some where else is being given political space to listen to such get raided remarks.Really people will sink Cong ship with its supporters deep in ocean without any trace.
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                Janata
                Nov 17, 2016 at 6:34 pm
                Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad finally able to release his frustration on indian govt by saying this move of surgical strike on money has killed more people than stan army or terrorristlt;br/gt;he must have really felt happylt;br/gt;after all ffucccccker is a muslim end of the dayy he wiill support kashmir militants and stan isi
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                  Satendra kumar
                  Nov 17, 2016 at 11:05 pm
                  No rollback of demonetisation as stated by Arun Jaitley a good and authorative decision by the central government.Demonestisation brought a great unaccountable change to ordinary Indian voters bearing in mind billions of hidden wealth especially legal tender notes are found or banked.All the tax avoidance hard cash coming itself to the bank without any question as the central government is doing good of getting rid of corrupt practices.
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                    MyTake
                    Nov 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm
                    (In the Uri attack, 18 army personnel had been killed. In an apparent reference to the cross-LoC surgical strikes carried out by India in PoK after the Uri attack, Azad said, “There should be air strike on BJP….Your wrong policies are responsible for their murders.”)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Did anyone in stan so far has spoken anything more "stani" then this? Or is it the reaction of Modi's attack on the criminals that made them lose balance and don't know what they are talking about? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is kind of shame on India itself with its its past civilization that it even allowed the Nehru-mites to produce such dysfunctional leaders to represent the "people"!! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Know the tree by the fruit it bears!
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                      MyTake
                      Nov 17, 2016 at 6:58 pm
                      (Opposition parties, led by Congress, created uproar in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha as soon as the Houses met for the day ...)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Is that what people voted these politicians for, is the question needs analysis and education of public in general!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is strange to see how far these crooks have moved up the ladder in society to have such a big mouth with an anti-people agenda in the heart of their hearts!
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                        MyTake
                        Nov 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm
                        Is India ready for democracy? Probably not because the politicians the people vote for have no idea what is responsibility and accountability under democracy means. Congress has got so much uswd to power that it thinks taking people for a ride is in its own right! It did not even get the lesson in lastnelection that it got only 44 seats!!
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                          MyTake
                          Nov 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm
                          Where these people get the strengths from? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In India there is a group of supporters among people who vote someone only because it will harm India's integrity and well being! Until the public identifies this group of supporters and take a combined stand, public are likely to be bullied for their own folly!
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                            Tinku
                            Nov 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm
                            Yes..numerically it is more...so mathematically modi is bigger threat than stan..what is wrong in that?
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                              Stonecold
                              Nov 17, 2016 at 5:14 pm
                              No one can get away with murder . Not even the prime minister
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                                Stonecold
                                Nov 17, 2016 at 5:16 pm
                                You will rot in he'll
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                                  New generation
                                  Nov 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                  First we need to be honest to ourselves instead of following the party line. Secondly, (2016) I don't think we can entirely trust anyone of these news outlets or media either without doing proper research. We do have all kinds of people in this great county as well as in parliament like we have five different fingers in our each hand. When and if we( people)unite for the goodness future of our kids and nation only than we can not just save but thrive ❤️️🇮🇳✊🏼on this earth. Otherwise it's just he said she said while country gets no where
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                                    New generation
                                    Nov 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm
                                    Have you ever thought about those armies old parents who are suffering. Even to get enough money to get food. Don't you think those armies worried about their love ones. Also I think our armies are not just guarding our land but also protecting freedom for all Indian, right to speak freely and think rightly for future of this country and its future generations. Thats what I think , for me those ARMIES are important than Congress or BJP
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                                      New generation
                                      Nov 17, 2016 at 5:42 pm
                                      I think I can also say your maximum conviction is very judgmental 🙂
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                                        New generation
                                        Nov 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                                        People, important thing is : what Ghulam guy said is the FACT or not ? check itlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;One thing for sure, my feet and knees are hurting from standing in the line for hours ⌚️ to get my hard earn money 🖕🏼
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                                          ak dev
                                          Nov 17, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                                          This time no GOD will save the corrupt. It's just the beginning of their pain and sleepless nights.
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                                            ak dev
                                            Nov 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                                            are you isi's suicide bomber?
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