In Lok Sabha, Oppn refuses to end protest on demonetisation

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: Opposition members protest in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi, Nov 21, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Opposition members protest in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi, Nov 21, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Noisy protest continued in the Lok Sabha over the issue of demonetisation with members of opposition demanding discussion under the Rule 56, which entails voting. But the government once again asked Opposition to debate under Rule 193 which does not entail voting and a formal motion.

With the government rejecting their demand, pandemonium struck the lower house as Opposition members marched to the Well of the house resorting to slogans and holding placards.

The Opposition members from Congress, Trinamool Congress, Left and other opposition parties also took its attack on the government raising the deaths of people who died standing in queues or at banks.

At least 70 people are reported to have died while standing in queues at the ATMs and banks post the demonetisation move.

With Opposition members sticking to protest even after being urged by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to go back to their respective seats, the Question Hour took place amid noise.

New Delhi: Opposition members protest in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi, Nov 21, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Opposition members protest in the Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi, Nov 21, 2016.
Photo – PTI

“If you want to come on TV, I will tell the Lok Sabha TV people to show you, but don’t disturb the Minister,” Ms Mahajan told the protesting opposition members.

At this, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told Speaker that they were protesting in the House not to come on TV but due to the “sufferings” of the common people. “We are not here to be in the TV. We want to debate but the government is not listening to us,” he said.

But the lower house couldn’t continue with the proceedings for long as Opposition continued their protest even during Union Railways minister Suresh Prabhu’s speech on the Sunday’s train accident near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, where more than 130 were killed. Prabhu, though made his speech but the house was adjourned, first till 2:00 PM and finally up till Tuesday morning.

Earlier, members in both the houses observed silence condoling the tragic death of the passengers.