Opposition parties Thursday repeatedly disrupted the Parliament, demanding the Speaker to suspend all House business and open the floor for debate on the demonetisation move. Rajya Sabha witnessed unprecedented scenes with Opposition leaders surrounding the Well in protest against the government’s decision to discontinue old Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes. Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till tomorrow. Amid the ruckus, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the proceedings and threatened to not let the House function until he arrives. “Till the PM comes to the house for discussion we will not let the house function,” Azad said.
There was a war of words between Azad and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on the alleged deaths due to demonetisation. Azad accused the government of burdening the public with “wrong policy” and said that the deaths due to demonetisation are higher those who died in the Uri terror attack. “Pakistani terrorists did not kill even half of our people in Uri than those who have died due to Govt’s wrong policy,” he said. Naidu shot back saying that Azad was insulting the nation by making such comments and must apologise. “Leader of Opposition is insulting nation by making such remarks, by comparing this with Pakistan terror attacks, should apologise,” Naidu said.
Azad also took a dig at former Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa for attending Gali Janardhan Reddy daughter’s multi-crore wedding and PM Modi for his surprise Pakistan visit in 2015. “You (BJP) attend marriages and functions in Pakistan and lay out red carpets for them, and you are saying this to us?,” Azad hit back.