Lok Sabha adjourned due to continued Opposition uproar over demonetisation

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected several notices moved by opposition leaders for an adjournment motion on the issue.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 7:20 pm
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A relentless opposition Friday disrupted the proceedings of the Lok Sabha for the second consecutive day demanding that they be allowed to move an adjournment motion on the demonetisation issue. While Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected several notices moved by opposition leaders for an adjournment motion on the issue, the government said it was ready for a debate under a rule which does not entail voting and where no formal motion can be moved.

 

WATCH VIDEO: Parliament Adjourned Amid Debate Over Demonetisation Issue

As soon as the House met for the day, Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge demanded that the issue of scrapping of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination notes be discussed through an adjournment motion and not the rule being proposed by the government.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was willing to discuss the issue and there was no need to press for an adjournment motion.

As the din continued, the House was adjourned for nearly one hour till noon, minutes after it assembled.

When the House assembled again for Zero Hour, the opposition again pressed for moving an adjournment motion. But the Speaker rejected all the notices. Both Kharge and TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay insisted that the debate be taken up through an adjournment motion.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister once again urged the opposition to take up the debate under Rule 193 which does not entail voting and a formal motion.

Kumar said the opposition should not “run away” from a debate and maintained that it was up to the Chair to decide under which rule the discussion will take place.

As part of their Zero Hour references, Meenakshi Lekhi and Gajendra Singh Chauhan (both BJP) raised the issue of remarks made by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad yesterday where he had said that more people died due to government’s decision on demonetisation than those killed in Pakistani terrorist strike in Uri. These remarks were expunged yesterday itself.

The two BJP members slammed Azad for the statement and demanded that a resolution be passed against him and he should be asked to apologise in writing.

As differences persisted and opposition continued to raise slogans like “Pradhan Mantri sadan meing aao” and “Vijay Mallya kahan gaya”, the House was adjourned for the day.

Earlier in the din, papers listed for the day were tabled in the House.

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First Published on: November 18, 2016 2:09 pm
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    jagats
    Nov 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm
    Short sighted govt. and squint e opposition are dragging the nation into utter confusion and chaos. Both these sides must unite to alleviate the misery of common folks.
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      Barbhav
      Nov 18, 2016 at 9:18 am
      1. It is visible the queues in front of the banks have disappeared with indelible ink solution. This is a huge success now.lt;br/gt;2. Also, anybody can get cash using a SBI debit card in Indian Oil petrol pumps. It will help if even more shops, malls, shopping centers and retail outlet chains have atleast one SBU card machine to provide Rs. 2000 cash-back using the SBI (debit) card machine.lt;br/gt;2.a. More banks such as ICICI, HDFC and all other banks who are supporting the citizens so well so far, to ensure cash back using their card machines (POS terminals).lt;br/gt;3. This is a freedom struggle (Swatantra Sangram) against black money. Please be ready for few difficult days.lt;br/gt;4. It would help to reduce the fear, to know if :lt;br/gt;4.a. Maximum tax will be 50%, lt;br/gt;4.b. There will not be harment by IT officials threatening citizens with jail / 90% lost towards tax and penalty ( as previously projected by media (30% 60%). Statements from top auditors, lawyers and IT commissioners to be provided in media, to reduce the fear and calm the citizens. Then maximum amount will get deposited in to the SB / CA accounts.lt;br/gt;4.b.1. Harment from IT officials to accept the annual returns asking for bribes in May 2017, will not be there.lt;br/gt;4.b.2. Harment from IT officials to accept the annual returns asking for scrutiny and compulsory audit for the next seven years, will not be there. lt;br/gt;4.b.3. Harment from media / grey press threatening negative publicity against citizens depositing huge sums of cash, will not be there.
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        Vittalanand
        Nov 18, 2016 at 10:05 am
        Whatever be the issue , the Prime minister ought to be present in both houses to take active and leading part to explain the house. He seems to be deliberately avoiding to be present and leaving lower level cadres to speak. He had no authority above Reseve Bank . Only president can promogulate ordnance and the Governmant needs to get it ratified by the Parliament. Now he is hiding behind his collegues and fails to accept the reality that is happening because of his mis deed.
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          Vittalanand
          Nov 18, 2016 at 10:10 am
          Why should I at 74 be made to wait in queue to get back my own money. Let them catch Mallya, Ambani ,and such other tax dodgers. Not an honest citizen like me living with a few thousand rupees left in my bank as pension.??
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