Rajya Sabha Stalled: PM Modi ‘insulting’ Parliament, call him to speak, Oppn tells Chair

During a book release function on Tuesday, Modi had slammed the Opposition for “daring” to “openly back corruption and black money”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 12:53 pm
modi, narendra modi, modi parliament, narendra modi parliament, modi rajya sabah, rajya sabha, rajya sabha modi, modi news, india news PM Modi in Lok Sabha, Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

The Opposition on Wednesday scaled up the attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha over the decision to scrap currencies of higher denomination and sought an “apology” for “insulting” the Upper House through his continued absence. The opposition leaders also castigated Modi for replying to the criticism of his demonetisation decision outside Parliament when the Winter Session is on.

During a book release function on Tuesday, Modi had slammed the Opposition for “daring” to “openly back corruption and black money”.

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Members from the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Left parties, DMK, NCP, Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP demanded Modi’s presence in the House and asked the Chair to do so before the discussion on demonetisation is resumed. There were also sarcastic suggestions to make the House “function online if the Prime Minister does not have time”. Protesting members trooped into the Well, forcing three adjournments before the House was adjourned for the day.

They also reiterated their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee to go into the “sudden announcement” of demonetisation of 86 per cent of the currency in circulation, and claimed this has “crippled” India’s economy and created a “financial anarchy”.

A day after CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said Opposition parties were being consulted to decide on moving a contempt notice against Modi for “refusing to be answerable to Parliament”, BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday urged the Chair to call the Prime Minister to the House “since the government does not want to call him”.

Mayawati said, “There is chaos all across. More than 75 people have died due to the currency ban. The situation is very bad, serious and sensitive… Please call the PM so that he listens to the points we raise and answers. Since the government does not want to call him, you call him. I want to tell the PM that when the House is running, he should give answers on the currency ban issue in Parliament instead of outside the House. This is ignoring and insulting the House.”

Yechury said Modi is violating the Constitution, as the government is “answerable to the House, and Parliamentarians are answerable to the people”. TMC’s Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said Modi cannot make statements on policy decisions outside the House when Parliament is in session. He asked the Chair to give a ruling on Modi speaking outside.

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    Dinakaran
    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:02 pm
    Only people with black money and corrupt will complain against demonetization.
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      MyTake
      Nov 24, 2016 at 12:58 am
      It is clear in the behavior of the opposition why india was colonized in the first place and what has been the progress in last 70 years.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Every cause has an affect and every affect has another cause but what the illiterates would know about it!!
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        ashok s
        Nov 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm
        Even I wonder when he feels the decision is correct then why afraid to speak in the house.
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          ashok s
          Nov 24, 2016 at 12:58 am
          From nuke and corner the news is coming that misuse of deposits in either jandhan ACS , cooperative ACS , sudden spike in dormant ACS, touts helping the conversion, that means black money has become white money by now and by January it will float back in system . sorry for poor netizens
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            ashok s
            Nov 24, 2016 at 3:35 am
            No discussion will be held before 28th. Every politician wants first media coverage.
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              ashok s
              Nov 24, 2016 at 1:50 am
              Position and opposition all are hand in gloves . this is just show off. Did anyone hear that big sharks got effected . only poor's suffered. This happened when first demonetization happened in Indian sub continent ,when Britishers demonetized the silver coins with British Indian rs . traders benefited and poor farmers , netizens were burden with high lagaans
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                ashok s
                Nov 24, 2016 at 1:52 am
                When 3 trillion will come into govt coffers due to freedom from obligations this amount will be routed to or share between politician
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                  TrueLier RAGA
                  Nov 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm
                  Sonia rat opened mouth...hehehe
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