Lok Sabha again adjourns over demonetisation

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Monday.

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Monday.

Lok Sabha again failed to transact any business on Monday as the deadlock continued in the Lower House over the rule under which a debate on demonetisation should be undertaken.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said it should be left to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to take a decision regarding the rule under which the debate should be undertaken.

The government made clear that it was ready to listen to suggestions of members regarding deficiencies if any in implementation of demonetisation so that these could be corrected.

The Opposition, however, maintained its demand that a debate should be held under Rule 184 which entails voting.

An attempt was made to take up the debate under Rule 193 which does not entail voting, with TRS leader A P Jithender Reddy being called to initiate the discussion.

As Opposition members protested the move, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the debate should be held under Rule 193 and not 184.

New Delhi: Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Monday.

New Delhi: Congress member Jyotiraditya Scindia speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Monday.

At this point the Opposition members began protesting by shouting slogans. As chaos prevailed, the House was adjourned for the day at around 2.10 pm.

Earlier, when the House met for the day, Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of problems being faced by people due to cash crunch after demonetisation. He said over 100 people have died across the country while standing in queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw their money.

People are unable to get their salary and pension, said Kharge who was joined by Sudip Bandopadhyay of Trinamool Congress and leaders of some other Opposition parties.

About a debate on the issue, Kharge said that 17 Opposition parties have decided to seek a debate under Rule 184 that also entails voting instead of Rule 56 under which an adjournment motion is taken up.

“We have come down from Rule 56 to Rule 184. Now the government should also come down from Rule 193 and agree to Rule 184,” he had said evoking laughter.

(With inputs from PTI)