Mourn death of people who died in long queues, Oppn demands in Rajya Sabha

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

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

Government is facing a massive protest by Opposition MPs in both the houses of Parliament over the issue of demonetisation. In the Rajya Sabha today, the Opposition leaders sought the house to move resolution mourning the death of more than 70 people who have died post the demonetisation move. Reportedly, many of them died while standing in queues or collapsed in the banks.

Banks and the ATM machines across the country have been witnessing a very heavy rush with people thronging to withdraw/deposit money and exchange their old currency notes.

Speaking over the issue, BSP supremo Ms Mayawati sought the house to take up the development, claiming common man is suffering because of the Centre’s move.

Mayawati got immediate support from the other Opposition leaders with Ghulam Nabi Azad asking the house to mourn the deaths of the people and once again demanded PM Modi’s intervention in the entire issue.

New Delhi: BSP President Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament.

New Delhi: BSP President Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament.

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said while condolences have been expressed for those killed in yesterday’s train accident, the same should be done for the 70 people who have lost their lives in last 15 days.

“They are also citizens of this country. We want such an obituary reference to come from the Chair,” he said,

On the other hand, government assured the opposition to address all the issues in the debate, which though had begun on the first day of the Winter session but couldn’t continue due to protest.

“Why are they (opposition parties) running away from debate,” Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley asked. “This is clear now that the opposition is not ready for debate and is coming up with new excuses to disrupt the House,” he added attacking the Opposition.

As Opposition remained unreletning on their protest, and took to the Well of the house raising slogans, the Upper House was adjourned till Tuesday morning.

Earlier, members in both the houses observed silence condoling the tragic death of more than 130 passengers in Sunday’s train accident near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.