Yet another day of washout in Parliament

Neither the Rajya Sabha nor the Lok Sabha could transact any business due to continuous uproar and pandemonium, leading to their premature adjournment.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: November 22, 2016 5:23 pm
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Parliament today saw yet another day of washout with an aggressive opposition raking up a fresh demand for Rs 10 lakh compensation to the kin of each of those who died due to problems post demonetisation besides pressing for presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the debate on the issue.

Neither the Rajya Sabha nor the Lok Sabha could transact any business due to continuous uproar and pandemonium, leading to their premature adjournment. This was the fourth straight working day of Parliament to be wasted.

In the Lok Sabha, the opposition, which was joined by AIADMK in targeting the government, continued to press for a debate under a rule which entails voting even as the ruling side vehemently resisted it. Amid noisy Opposition protests, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar maintained that the government was willing to debate every aspect of the issue.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Trinamool Congress’ Sudip Bandhopadhyay said they wanted a debate but demanded the Prime Minister’s presence. Due to the uproar, the House was adjourned for the day, just after noon.

In the Rajya Sabha, Opposition parties unitedly stalled proceedings by maintaining that debate on demonetisation cannot be resumed until the Prime Minister is present in the House. They also raked up a fresh demand that compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be paid to the kin of each of the “70 people who died due to problems after notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 were scrapped.

The rare show of unity in opposition camp saw Congress and TMC coordinating and arch rivals of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh SP and BSP jointly shouting slogans. The treasury benches countered them by shouting demands for resumption of the debate on the issue.

The House was repeatedly adjourned before the final one at minutes past 3 PM.

No sooner were the listed papers laid on the table at the start of the day’s proceedings, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said the government should pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to kin of the 70 people who lost their lives due to hardships caused by withdrawal of 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

Naresh Agarwal (SP) and Mayawati (BSP) said Modi should be called before starting discussion on the demonetisation. “He should come and listen to the pain people have faced because of his decision,” Mayawati said.

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad (Cong) said the opposition is ready for discussion on the issue but Prime Minister should come to the House first. As he spoke, members of the BJP moved into the aisles raising slogans. At this point, TMC members carrying placards of “Financial Emergency” trooped into the Well, with Congress members following suit.

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  1. T
    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:10 am
    The Hon.Speaker should take the session till the end of it, even though they are not listening to each other. And, house should be gathered each day till the issues spoken out. Should not let even the weekends. It's like that, we never mind of a child who cries for something the child really not deserve to have it. After awhile, the child would stop crying and listen what we say.
    1. P
      Nov 23, 2016 at 11:39 am
      The common people should take note of what is going on in Parliament. These law makers are fully paid for all these wasted days, the money of poor.
      1. S
        Sankaran Krishnan
        Nov 23, 2016 at 3:36 am
        Don't forget that the people of India are watching and it seems the Opposition parties are letting down the Nation by their own act by disrupting the Debate in Parliament whereas people of India supported the Govt. move and lined up in queues to exchange their hard earned money unlike the Opposition parties which do not want to take up the main issues faced by the people of India and instead wanted to collect the daily allowances and other benefits related to functioning of the Parliament session and shame on those whoever claims after they disrupt the House !!!