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.

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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    Ikok
    Nov 24, 2016 at 5:14 am
    The process of stoping the issuance of any currency note is not demonetization and issuing new greater dominion note such as 2000 note. The process could have helped the government if issued new design notes with the same dominion as 500 or 1000 so the people did not have to worry about loosing the money. To curb on black money.. all transactions should have to ped through the bank. Need to have a bank account to get the certain amount cash replaced. Whenever within a time frame.
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      Karan
      Nov 24, 2016 at 6:37 am
      If what PM claims that people have supported him for his demonetization move is correct then why is he running away from facing ques from opposition?
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        Navan
        Nov 24, 2016 at 7:59 am
        Dear Mr Man?Moh, It is because of your monumental mismanagement and your masters mega corruption - 2G, Coalgate, CWG, National Herald, Agusta, etc., - the country is facing the financial crisis. When your masters were busy looting the country to the core, terrorists and criminals were freely killing innocent civilians - eg., 2611. Your 10 years rule were the black years of India. We dont need your advise any more. We cant also forget that you tried to bully the opposition leader Sushma to install a corrupt individual as Chief Vigilance Commissioner, to protect your corrupt masters, and the courts had to intervene to stop the corrupt appointment. You almost did not speak during your 10 years rule. Thank Modi that you now have got freedom to speak.
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          George
          Nov 24, 2016 at 5:49 am
          This is the best expose of parties like AAP and the communists who make tall claims of fighting for the poor against the corrupt. It is very clear that parties are themselves so corrupt that they are prepared to go to any extent to oppose anti corruption moves by the Government. Of course it is beyond doubt that the congress and its offshoot Trinamool are totally corrupt along with Sp,Bsp
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            RR
            Nov 24, 2016 at 7:10 am
            After 10 years Maunimohan Singh started speaking.
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