Highlights: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day over demonetisation, opposition unrelenting in protests

Demonetisation LIVE: The BJP has issued directions to all its members in the Rajya Sabha to be present for proceedings starting Monday as the party lacks a majority in the House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2016 4:35 pm
demonetisation, parliament live, lok sabha live, rajya sabha live, narendra modi, congress, black money, old rs 500 note, old rs 1000 note, new rs 2000 note The two Houses of Parliament descended into chaos once again as the opposition protested over the Centre’s demonetisation move (File Photo)

The proceedings in the Lok Sabha were disrupted for the fourth consecutive day as the opposition demanded a discussion on demonetisation followed by a vote. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready for a discussion under Rule 193 that does not involve voting or adopting a resolution, but the opposition did not agree. The House was adjourned twice as members of the Congress and other opposition parties trooped into the Well and raised slogans against the government. They also demanded a statement by the Prime Minister in the House on the problems faced by people after the government’s demonetisation move.

The opposition also wants the government to form a joint parliamentary committee to probe allegations that information regarding the demonetisation decision was leaked selectively to BJP leaders. The government has strongly refuted those allegations. The BJP has also issued directions to all its members in the Rajya Sabha to be present for proceedings starting Monday as the party lacks a majority in the House.

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Vishnu Varma November 21, 20163:53 pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned as well after a day of strong opposition protests.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 20163:51 pm

Nirmala Sitharaman holds meeting with export promotion councils on the issue of demonetisation

Vishnu Varma November 21, 20162:23 pm

The Reserve Bank of India has said the public have deposited Rs 5.12 lakh crore in banks and exchanged old currency worth Rs 33,000 crore since November 10.

It also said the banks have disbursed Rs 1.03 lakh crore cash over the counter or through the ATMs since November 10.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 20162:16 pm

BIG STEP from the government.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 20162:14 pm

ALERT: For the fourth consecutive day, Lok Sabha has been adjourned without any major business being done. The opposition has been unrelenting in its protests against the demonetisation move of the Centre.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 20161:03 pm

Jitendra Singh, the MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, said the decision to demonetise the currency notes was not taken in haste.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:56 pm

While proceedings are adjourned at the moment, Lok Sabha TV is airing archive footage from when Vajpayee was PM.

On Rajya Sabha TV, there is a news show being aired.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:41 pm

By the way, Rajya Sabha has not been able to transact any business. It has been adjourned till 2 pm.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:38 pm

Gandhi hits out at PM Modi.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:36 pm

Rahul Gandhi spoke to reporters outside Parliament on the currency crisis. Some highlights:

Wherever I went today, people in queues were suffering and in pain: Gandhi

Some people said banks were giving others money through backdoor: Gandhi

15-20 people close to the prime minister will get benefits, their loans will be waived. Poor people standing in queues are being made to suffer: Gandhi

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:17 pm

ALERT: Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:15 pm

The Railway Minister says, according to ANI, that a forensic enquiry has been ordered to look into all possible angles of the accident. The guilty will be given punishment, he said.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:11 pm

This is the third adjournment of the House just today.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:07 pm

Even as ruling members of the House lay down papers on the table, there is uproar from the opposition benches in Lok Sabha. The opposition is raising slogans against the demonetisation move of the government.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201612:05 pm

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is currently making a statement in Lok Sabha on the Kanpur train tragedy.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201611:37 am

In the Lok Sabha meanwhile, the Question Hour is proceeding although the opposition members are restless.

Vishnu Varma November 21, 201611:36 am

The opposition members are trooping into the Well of the House to protest against demonetisation. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien is trying hard to ensure peace and calm in the House. And Rajya Sabha is adjourned again till 12 noon.