Parliament: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned after opposition uproar on demonetisation

Parliament winter session LIVE: People, in large numbers, are still queuing up outside banks and ATMs to exchange old currency notes and withdraw money.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2016 7:20 pm
parliament, parliament live, lok sabha live, rajya sabha live, narendra modi, demonetisation, lok sabha demonetisation, arun jaitley, old Rs 500, new rs 2000, old notes, congress, BJP, india news Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flanked by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and MoSes Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Jitendra Singh and SS Ahluwalia, addressing the media on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday (PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla)

The protests by opposition parties over the demonetisation move of the government forced Lok Sabha to adjourn earlier today. Rajya Sabha too was adjourned today and will resume proceedings on Friday. Though the House conducted the Question Hour amidst sloganeering by the opposition, post noon there were repeated disruptions. The Left parties, Congress, Trinamool Congress and others had given 21 adjournment notices on the issue of demonetisation in the House. Lok Sabha will reconvene at Friday 11 am.

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On Wednesday, Rajya Sabha witnessed a flurry of speeches by top leaders including BSP chief Mayawati and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury. The opposition, in a rare show of unity, hit out at the government criticising it for its ‘lack of preparedness’ while implementing demonetisation. As it happens, people, in large numbers, are still queuing up outside banks and ATMs to exchange old currency notes and withdraw money. Old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 were withdrawn from circulation by the government last week. The Centre has maintained the step was in ‘national interest’ and those questioning the decision will be asked ‘if they support black money and corruption.’

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Although Lok Sabha opened on Wednesday for the winter session, it adjourned after obituary references. Union Minister Piyush Goyal, representing the government, said the demonetisation move would ensure weeding out of black money, full payment of taxes and rein in interest rates.


Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 17, 20163:17 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after protests by opposition continue over demonetisation

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 17, 20163:16 pm

Leader of oppn is insulting nation by making such remarks by comparing this with Pak terror attacks, should apologise: Venkaiah Naidu in RS

Abhimanyu Chakravorty November 17, 20163:14 pm

You(BJP) attend marriages and functions in Pakistan and lay out red carpets for them, and you are saying this to us?: GN Azad,Cong in RS

Vishnu Varma November 17, 20162:10 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201612:52 pm

The House is clearly not able to transact any business today.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201612:39 pm

Shiv Sena leader’s statement on the demonetisation crisis.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201612:35 pm

ALERT: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201612:34 pm

Kharge once again demands a discussion under Rule 56.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201612:08 pm

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan wants members of the opposition to sit peacefully and engage in the discussion. She adjourns House till 12:30 pm.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201612:07 pm

Congress LoP in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wants adjournment motion under Rule 56.

Rule 56 states, “Subject to the provisions of these rules, a motion for an adjournment of the business of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance may be made with the consent of the Speaker.”

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:44 am

Former J&K CM raises a pertinent question.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:39 am

Rajya Sabha adjourns.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:30 am

Lok Sabha could be gearing up for an interesting war of words.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:28 am

By the way, Rajya Sabha which saw members crowding around the well of the House as soon as it opened, has been adjourned till 11:30 am. In just a few minutes from now, the House will convene, most likely to protests again.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:27 am

It seems the people are warming up to the government’s new proposed guidelines for families celebrating weddings. A family can withdraw up to Rs 2.5 lakh from the bank for a wedding.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:25 am

Meanwhile in banks and ATMs across the country, the scenes are similar.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:23 am

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is chairing the Question Hour right now in Lok Sabha.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:19 am

Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay says the government must withdraw the decision as it is causing tremendous distress to the people.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:15 am

BSP chief Mayawati, a member of the Rajya Sabha, wants the Prime Minister to address the House over the crisis.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:14 am

There is a lot of chaos in Lok Sabha as the opposition parties are asking for an adjournment motion. This comes just minutes after the Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das announced new withdrawal guidelines for farmers and families celebrating weddings.

Vishnu Varma November 17, 201611:10 am

The opposition in Lok Sabha is demanding a debate on the government’s demonetisation move. More fireworks are expected in the house today.