Parliament Highlights: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after uproar by Opposition over demonetisation

PM Modi, however, attended the Lok Sabha yesterday, but protests by Trinamool Congress and Congress MPs marred the session.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 3:35 pm
PM Modi in Lok Sabha, Wednesday. (PTI Photo) PM Modi in Lok Sabha, Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following uproar by the Opposition over demonetisation. As soon as the session convened post-lunch, Opposition MPs began protesting over the Prime Minister’s absence and demanded that he must participate in the debate. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said it was not possible to ask PM Modi to attend the proceedings. “He was here for an hour, can’t ask him to be here thorough out the debate,” he said. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said his party won’t allow the House to function if the Prime Minister skipped the discussion. In response, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused the Opposition of trying to run away from the debate by finding excuses to stall the House. His comment triggered an uproar in the House and Opposition MPs began to chant: “Pradhan Mantri bhagh gaya“.

WATCH VIDEO: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh Says Demonetisation Will Hit Growth

Earlier in the day, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, speaking in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, termed the Centre’s move to scrap old high denomination notes as a “monumental mismanagement”. Urging PM Modi to find “pragmatic ways” to alleviate the sufferings of the people, Singh said the 50 days time sought by the prime minister for things to normalise could have a detrimental effect on the poor section in the society. “The way this is being implemented, it will hurt farmers, small traders and those in the informal sector. The GDP of the country can decline by 2 per cent. I feel that the PM must come with some constructive proposal on how we can implement this scheme,” he said.

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Saying that he doesn’t disagree with PM Modi’s decision to root out black money from the system, Singh warned the Centre that the alleged deaths due to demonetisation can weaken public’s confidence in the currency and banking system. “60-65 people have lost their lives, what has been done can weaken our people’s confidence in currency and banking system,” Singh said. He asked PM Modi, who was present in the House, whether he could name any country where people have deposited their money but are not able to withdraw it. With the Finance Ministry introducing new norms everyday, Singh said that it wouldn’t reflect well on PM Modi and it exposed RBI’s poor planning.

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after uproar by Opposition demanding PM’s presence in the Parliament

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Leela November 24, 20162:32 pm

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Leela November 24, 20162:31 pm

FM Arun Jaitley speaking to the media: “First day it was a debate without any pre-conditions, from next day they started putting unreasonable conditions and it continues.”

Leela November 24, 20162:12 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm.

Leela November 24, 20162:12 pm

Opposition resorts to sloganeering inside House. MPs chant: “Pradhan Mantri bhagh gaya”.

Leela November 24, 20162:08 pm

The opposition is trying to run away from the debate. Finding excuses to stall the House proceedings: FM Arun Jaitley.

Leela November 24, 20162:08 pm

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad: The impression given to us was that the prime minister would sit through the debate and speak on the issue. Won’t allow the House to function.

Leela November 24, 20162:07 pm

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin, ruckus over PM Modi’s absence post-lunch. Chair says let the debate continue. “He was here for an hour, can’t ask him to be here thorough out the debate,” said Deputy Chairman P J Kurien.

Leela November 24, 20161:24 pm

Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after the opposition continued its protest, demanding discussion on the demonetisation issue under an adjournment motion.

Leela November 24, 20161:05 pm

BSP chief Mayawati was cutoff midway before the Rajya Sabha adjourned for lunch. She was urging PM Modi to sit throughout the debate on demonetisation and give his reply. Mayawati said: The prime minister came out with a survey to back his move by showing that over 90 per cent have approved of demonetisation but, in fact, over 90 per cent are still standing in queues outside ATMs and banks.

Rajya Sabha will be back in session at 2.00 pm.
Leela November 24, 201612:58 pm

This is not an ego battle, we need to find a solution. It is good that you have come to us after five days. We cannot find a solution with someone with Hubris. In all humility I appeal to the prime minister, people are suffering, please take out suggestions: Derek O’Brien.

Leela November 24, 201612:54 pm

Mr Prime Minister, sir, anyone who opposes your policy is not for black money or anti-national. We are opposing you because the people are suffering and the economy is taking a hit. Are you a messiah and we are the devils? Derek O’Brien.

Leela November 24, 201612:54 pm

0.02 per cent in India has fake currency, what will the 99.9 per cent do? you punish them. This is not a political movement, this is a people’s movement, you cannot suppress the people’s movement: Derek O’Brien.

Leela November 24, 201612:48 pm

Mamata Banerjee called this the big black scandal, situation is very grim and people are suffering. We proposed to the government to extend the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes for a longer time and wanted more smaller denomination like Rs 100 notes. Government using “secrecy” as an excuse. “Mr Jaitley, you may be squirming in your seat, why didn’t the government print more Rs 100 notes in advance”: Derek O’Brien.

Leela November 24, 201612:43 pm

There are 14-16 opposition parties in the House, it is no more a solo voice, it is the chorus of the people: Derek O’Brien.

Leela November 24, 201612:42 pm

Within one-and-half hours after PM Modi made the announcement on November 8, TMC President Mamata Banerjee spoke out strongly against the move, asking the PM to rethink his decision as it would effect the poor: TMC MP Derek O’Brien.

Leela November 24, 201612:41 pm

TMC MP Derek O’Brien: “Some people after hearing this announcement, a few have quoted Bob Dylan. The same people who quoted him have also conducted polls on their mobile app, to say that 93 per cent are happy with it. Some people also feel so aggrieved that crocodile tears were also shed.”

Leela November 24, 201612:38 pm

Speaking after Manmohan Singh, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal says please recall this ‘Tughlaq’ move.

Leela November 24, 201612:14 pm

“Not my intention to pick holes. Hope PM Modi will find practical and pragmatic way to relieve the sufferings of the people,” says Manmohan.

Leela November 24, 201612:13 pm

Dr Manmohan Singh: “People are able to deposit cash but not able to withdraw. The way this is being implemented, it will hurt farmers, small traders and those in the informal sector. The GDP of the country can decline by 2 per cent. I feel that the PM must come with some constructive proposal on how we can implement this scheme.

“It is not good that every the banking institutions are coming out with new norms everyday. It reflects poorly on the PM. It exposes RBI.”

Leela November 24, 201612:09 pm

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh speaking in the House: “I don’t disagree with the PM’s objective of targeting black money holders. But it is a monumental mismanagement.”

PM Modi present in Rajya Sabha.
Leela November 24, 201612:01 pm

Speaking on the Opposition’s refusal to hold talk with the Government over demonetisation, Sharma said, “Opposition is very clear that PM has to come, If PM is running away from the debate then what is the point of meeting the Home Minister,” said Sharma.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar invited Opposition for talks to end the impasse inside Parliament.

Leela November 24, 201611:59 am

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, speaking to the media, claimed that FM Arun Jaitley blocked former prime minsiter Dr Manmohan Singh’s request to speak in the House. “Former PM Manmohan Singh made a request to speak; speaker allowed it. He was stopped by FM and ruling party leaders. It is shameful:” said Sharma.

Shreyasi Jha November 24, 201611:44 am

Samajwadi Party MP Akshay Yadav reportedly tore a paper and threw it at Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and MoS Parl Affairs S S Ahluwalia meet Mahajan to discuss the issue.

Leela November 24, 201611:19 am

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12.00 pm.

Leela November 24, 201611:19 am

“The prime minister needs to attend the session and sit through the entire debate. Why is he running away?” says BSP supremo Mayawati.

Leela November 24, 201611:17 am

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon amid uproar demonetisation.

Leela November 24, 201611:15 am

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad informs House that former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh wishes to speak on demonetisation. Amid the uproar, FM Arun Jaitley says, “Let Manoham Singh speak”.

Leela November 24, 201611:08 am

The House is in session: Ruckus continues in Rajya Sabbha, with Opposition MPs quick to rise from their seats in protest. Deputy Chairman Kurien asks Opposition to allow Question Hour to continue before taking up the motion for a debate on demonetisation.

Leela November 24, 201610:54 am

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Kumar is in the Parliament to meet PM Modi. It appears that he has taken time out from campaigning for the upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh. Previously, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister called the demonetisation move by the Centre as a “disaster”. He requested the central government to exempt farmers from its purview. “Farmers are in crisis. This is not a natural disaster but one created by the Central Government. The ATM machines were not prepared to accept the new notes. How will the people of the nation accept them?” he said.

Leela November 24, 201610:50 am

PM Modi is also holding a meeting with senior cabinet members in his chambers at Parliament. Manohar Parrikar, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu among those present. It appears the Government is chalking out a strategy to take on the Opposition after its refusal for talks to end the impasse in Parliament.

Leela November 24, 201610:40 am

News agency ANI reports that the Opposition parties have decided in today’s meeting to not hold talks with the Government till November 28, the same day when over 200 Opposition MPs are expected to lead a nationwide protest against demonetisation.

Leela November 24, 201610:29 am

We can expect some fireworks in the Parliament today With PM Modi likely to speak on demonetisation in Rajya Sabha. The Indian Express columnist Shailaja Bajpai writes in today’s edition that “PM Modi’s oratory skills are unparalleled amongst politicians”. So why doesn’t he speak on the issue inside the House? “Evidence suggests he prefers to address the public directly,” Bajpai infers. Read the full piece here: http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/demonetisation-parliament-winter-session-black-money-4392058/

Leela November 24, 201610:25 am

Ahead of the sixth day of Parliament Winter Session, senior ministers in the Modi cabinet went into a huddle at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s chambers inside Parliament. Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Ananth Kumar were present in the meeting.

Leela November 24, 201610:22 am

The meeting of Opposition party leaders is currently underway. The discussion is likely to be centered around the Government’s invitation for talks. Opposition parties have been demanding for a debate over demonetisation under a rule that entails voting in the end. However, the Government is adamantly against the voting clause, but is willing to discuss the issue in Parliament.

Leela November 24, 201610:18 am

Speaking on the Government’s invitation to Opposition parties to end the deadlock in Parliament, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told news agency ANI, “It is not a formal meeting, we are treating all parties equally. Everybody can give suggestions and there is no prestige issue.”

Leela November 24, 201610:17 am

We’ll first meet other opposition parties and then decide whether we’ll go to the meeting called by Home Minister or not. Let PM or speaker call for meet: Mallikarjun Kharge, LoP in Lok Sabha.