Note ban: Cong demands discussion with voting, Govt refuses

RSTV Bureau

Claiming that Narendra Modi government announced the demonetisation of high-value currency notes without any preparation, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that Opposition wants a serious discussion on the issue under the rules that entail voting.

“The decision was taken in haste, without any preparation. This has hit people at the lower level. 60 people have so far died in queues outside ATMs and banks,” said Kharge.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his cabinet colleagues talking to the media during the opening day of the winter session of parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his cabinet colleagues talking to the media during the opening day of the winter session of parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Kharge said Congress was willing to debate the issue under Rule 56, but the government wanted to discuss it under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.

“The government should agree to a debate on demonetisation under Rule 56. All parameters of a debate will be met under the rule,” said the Congress leader.

He also claimed that a few BJP leaders were also against the way the decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was taken.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi refused to entertain the opposition demand under rule 56 saying that ” meaning of the debate will be lost if we get bogged down by rules and regulations.”

Naqvi said Congress was running away from a discussion on demonetisation in Parliament even when the government wanted a positive debate and was open to suggestions.

He said the government was for a “positive” discussion on the issue in a conducive environment.

“It is open to positive suggestions from the Opposition. But the rival parties, especially Congress, do not have anything to say in this regard,” Naqvi said.

“On the first day of the session, we consented to a debate on the issue of demonetisation and black money without wasting any time. But on the second day, the Opposition, Congress in particular, tried to run away from it,” he said.

Naqvi said that government is ready for a debate and is prepared to answer every question.