Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned for the day as Opposition parties continued their protest Tuesday, seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation in the House debate over demonetisation. Opposition MPs refused to let Lok Sabha function despite to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying she was pained at the repeated disruption of House proceedings. Scenes inside Rajya Sabha were not any different as continued ruckus over demonetisation lead to the adjournment for the day.
On Monday, Rajya Sabha was a complete washout with members demanding a condolence resolution for those who died standing in queues outside banks and ATMs. When the Chair did not allow an obituary reference at such short notice, members surrounded the Well in protest. Despite pleas from treasury benches and Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to resume discussion on demonetisation, the Opposition was unrelenting. While proceedings in the Lok Sabha were a shade better on Monday, with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan managing to conduct Question Hour despite noisy protests from Opposition. Cutting across party lines, the Opposition was seeking suspension of House business in favour of discussion on demonetisation under rule 56.
Sources told The Indian Express that the government might agree to take up an adjournment motion as it enjoys a comfortable majority in Lok Sabha. And the prime minister could intervene in the Rajya Sabha discussion, but the government’s reply will be from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, sources added. The government doesn’t want to adopt a confrontational approach as it is anxious to get key GST-related Bills passed during the current winter session.