Parliament Winter Session: Comparing PM with Hitler, Mussolini is atrocious, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Opposition plans on holding a protest march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, seeking President Pranab Mukherjee's intervention on the demonetisation issue.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 11:46 am
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The first day of the Parliament Winter Session began on a stormy note, with Opposition parties putting pressure on the government over its decision to scrap old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly mocking those waiting in queues to swap or deposit money. “I condemn the PM’s statement in Goa for mocking the people, who are standing in queues. He must apologise. There are people, who are taking turns to stand in ATM lines. So many have died standing in line. This government has no compassion. Your government is insensitive,” he said.

WATCH VIDEO: Uproar In Parliament Over Demonetisation Debate: Here’s What Happened

 

He also demanded PM Modi to reveal the names of those on the black money holders list, released by Swiss banking authorities. “Government has list of those holding black money in Swiss Bank; we demand that Prime Minister must tell who all are there in the list. An atmosphere has been created by government where questioning the government has become the parameter to decide one’s nationalism,” he added.

Sharma also questioned PM Modi’s remarks at an event in Goa, where the prime minister said there was a threat to his life. “Today, you have to tell us who is threatening you, who wants to kill you, answer parliament, we cannot tolerate it. The entire house condemns it if there is a risk to the PM’s life,” Sharma said.  Meanwhile, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury tore into the Central government’s demonetisation policy, saying the move will not end corruption in the country. Participating in a debate on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, Yechury said, “If you stop Rs 500, and Rs 1,000 notes, do you think corruption will stop? Now corruption will double with Rs 2000 notes.”

WATCH VIDEO: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Rules Out Roll Back Of Demonetisation Move

 

Before the session began, PM Modi urged Opposition parties to send out a positive message to the people by supporting his government’s fight against weeding out black money. BSP Supremo and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, requested him to participate in the House debate as it was a sensitive issue. Meanwhile, TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lead a protest march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, seeking President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention on the issue.  In a setback to Bharatiya Janata Party, NDA alliance partner Shiv Sena also joined hands with Opposition parties to put up an united front against demonetisation.

WATCH VIDEO: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Protest Against Demonetisation

 

At a meeting convened by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad yesterday, the Congress mooted the idea of demanding for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the issue.

Highlights: 

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20166:14 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow, 11 AM.

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20166:00 pm

Congress party please come out of dilemma; Are you in favour of smugglers or some strong steps?: Naidu

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There have been shortcomings, but PM constantly reviewing progress, says Venkaiah Naidu

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20165:39 pm

Comparing our PM with Hitler, Mussolini, Gaddafi is atrocious to say the least; it is totally wrong: RS Prasad in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20165:33 pm

People praising PM despite inconvenience, says Venkaiah Naidu in RS

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Loan to Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher a write-off ‘only in books,’ but the Govt still pursuing his case: Arun Jaitley in RS

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The fact is that these 10 months were used to handle black money accumulated by BJP leaders and industrialists: Mayawati in RS demonetisation

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PM said govt has been preparing for demonetisation since 10 months, that is enough time, still situation is out of control: Mayawati in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:50 pm

Would have been better if PM was here for discussion: Mayawati in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:42 pm

This decision was not thought through, says Mayawati in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:41 pm

Initially ATM meant ‘All Time Money’, now its Aayega Tab Milega: Mamata Banerjee

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:32 pm

90 per cent rural areas are not covered by banks: Sitaram Yechury

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:31 pm

None of the points said by PM stand on any strong footing,whether its terror funding, black money, counterfeit currency, or corruption: Yechury

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:27 pm

If you stop Rs 500/1000 notes, do you think corruption will stop? Now corruption will double with Rs 2000 notes: Sitaram Yechury

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:24 pm

Bad loans write-off doesn’t mean we won’t pursue it. NDA government has inherited a legacy of bad loans: Arun jaitley

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:24 pm

Unless you tackle the supply side you won’t be able to tackle corruption: Sitaram Yechury

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:17 pm

Farmers don’t use plastic money, says Sitaram Yechury

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:13 pm

Demonetisation is like PM clearing the pond to kill the crocodiles. Not realising crocodiles can live on land as well: Sitaram Yechury

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:12 pm

“Will truck drivers eat at dhabas with credit cards?” asks Sitaram Yechury in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:10 pm

Now we have Modi Antoinette, “If you don’t have paper, use plastic”; what is the coverage of your plastic money?: Sitaram Yechury in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:10 pm

What is called demonetisation is 86% of our cash transactions; country today is living on cash transactions of 14%: Sitaram Yechury in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:10 pm

Today what is called demonetisation is 86% of our cash transaction;country today is living on cash transaction of 14%: Sitaram Yechury in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:02 pm

Those with black money have been supported, but taxpayers are suffering: Mamata Banerjee after meeting President

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 16, 20163:02 pm

The situation arising out of demonetisation has triggered a sort of constitutional crisis: Mamata Banerjee.

expressguest November 16, 20162:27 pm

Shops have shut, jewellers have downed their shutters. You made honest Indians stand in the queue: JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.

expressguest November 16, 20162:14 pm

The way people have been abusing the Prime Minister on WhatsApp, the cyber cell needs to investigate where these messages are coming from: Ram Gopal Yadav in RS.

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House adjourned till 2 pm.

expressguest November 16, 201612:42 pm

We can wait for PM Modi to address Rajya Sabha even after the lunch hour: Ghulam Nabi Azad.

expressguest November 16, 201612:28 pm

We haven’t called demonetisation a surgical strike. If you (Congress) believe it was a surgical strike then we are happy to accept it. It was a surgical strike against black money and corruption: Piyush Goyal in RS.

expressguest November 16, 201612:26 pm

The people of the country are prepared to face hardships for a few more days as they believe in PM Modi’s fight against black money and corruption: Piyush Goyal in Rajya Sabha.

expressguest November 16, 201612:19 pm

Its a sensitive issue, we want the PM to come to the Rajya Sabha and take part in this discussion: Mayawati

expressguest November 16, 201612:05 pm

BJP leaders go to wedding functions of Janardhan Reddy, and they talk about fighting black money. Why dont you arrest him?: Anand Sharma in RS.

expressguest November 16, 201612:05 pm

I condemn PM’s statement in Goa for mocking the people who are standing in queues; he must apologise: Anand Sharma in RS.

expressguest November 16, 201611:56 am

Govt has list of those holding black money in Swiss Bank; we demand that PM must tell who all are there in the list: Anand Sharma in RS.

expressguest November 16, 201611:55 am

An atmosphere has been created by Govt where questioning the Govt has become the parameter to decide one’s nationalism: Anand Sharma in RS.

expressguest November 16, 201611:53 am

What happened since Nov 10 after banks reopened? You recalled Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes and introduced Rs 2000 against the wishes of the people. How would the poor use a Rs 2000 in their daily transactions?: Congress leader Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha

expressguest November 16, 201611:42 am

Congress President Sonia Gandhi meets party Lok Sabha MPs in the Parliament.

expressguest November 16, 201611:13 am

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow in respect to former House members who have passed away.

expressguest November 16, 201611:12 am

Our party is not against the demonetisation decision, but the way it has been implemented: BSP Chief Mayawati

expressguest November 16, 201611:01 am

Parliament session begins.

expressguest November 16, 201610:51 am
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PM Modi says government ready to hold discussion on all issues.

expressguest November 16, 201610:39 am

We are ready for discussion on any issue, we are doing good work so we have no problems in discussing anything: Venkaiah Naidu, I&B Minister.

expressguest November 16, 201610:35 am

In the winter session, a very positive discussion will happen and on all issues with contribution of all parties: PM Modi

expressguest November 16, 201610:35 am

In last session an important bill like GST was passed, it was a big step. I had thanked all parties then: PM Modi