Opposition unrelenting in demand for PM Modi’s intervention, both Houses adjourned

Sources told The Indian Express that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could intervene in the Rajya Sabha discussion, but the government's reply will be from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 1:50 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sources told The Indian Express that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could intervene in the Rajya Sabha discussion, but the government’s reply will be from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (file photo)

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.

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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.

Highlights:

Namit Hans November 22, 20163:06 pm

Namit Hans November 22, 20163:05 pm

If the parliament is not working, the blame is on the Prime Minister who is not ready to address the House: Sitaram Yechury

Namit Hans November 22, 20163:04 pm

Leela November 22, 20162:13 pm

AAP ministers Manish Sisodia and Kapil Mishra detained on their way to parliament protesting against demonetisation.

Leela November 22, 20162:12 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after protests continue over demonetisation row.

Leela November 22, 20161:04 pm

Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Jayant Sinha, Santosh Gangwar and Arjun Meghwal were present in the meeting.

Leela November 22, 20161:03 pm

FM Arun Jaitley chairs meeting of senior ministers to discuss demonetisation and the opposition stand against it.

Leela November 22, 201612:38 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM amid uproar.

Leela November 22, 201612:23 pm

PM can speak on TV, pop concert, but why not in the Parliament?: Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi outside Parliament.

Leela November 22, 201612:16 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow as uproar continues over demonetisation issue, opposition demand PM Modi’s presence in the Parliament.

Leela November 22, 201612:14 pm

Congress MPs in Lok Sabha demand PM’s presence in the Parliament for demonetisation debate.

Leela November 22, 201612:13 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12:32 PM after continued protests by Opposition MPs.

Leela November 22, 201612:12 pm

90% people in the country are standing in queues, PM Narendra Modi should apologise for making this hasty decision: Mayawati.

Leela November 22, 201611:44 am

If the decision was taken in the interest of the country then why do they keep changing it every day? Congress MP Renuka Chaudhary on Jaitley’s press conference.

Leela November 22, 201611:33 am

Opposition MPs shout slogan “Opposition is united”. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says she is pained to see the House being constantly dirupted. Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm.

Leela November 22, 201611:09 am

Some people saying even FM did not know of this decision, and then they say the party knew beforehand: FM Jaitley after BJP Parliamentary board meet.

Leela November 22, 201611:07 am

This will help in removing poverty, decision was taken in interest of the country: Jaitley on demonetisation.

Leela November 22, 201611:05 am

This was a very big decision and it required a lot of courage by the government. The entire nation is welcoming this move, this is a histroric step: Arum Jaitley on demonetisation.

Leela November 22, 201611:03 am

We are ready for discussion on demonetisation, have said it many times: FM Arun Jaitley at BJP Parliamentary board meet.

tanyashrivastava94 November 22, 201611:01 am

We passed a resolution in favour of demonetisation that was moved by HM Rajnath Singh: Venkaiah Naidu after BJP Parliamentary board meet.

tanyashrivastava94 November 22, 201610:53 am

Opposition leaders to meet President Pranab Mukherjee today, seeking his intervention on demonetisation.