Oppn alleges dual currency printed by RBI, stalls Rajya Sabha

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress leader Kapil Sibal speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/TV Grab

New Delhi: Congress leader Kapil Sibal speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/TV Grab

Opposition Congress, supported by TMC and JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, forced multiple adjournments of the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, over allegations that the government got RBI to print two kinds of currency notes of ₹ 500  – one for the party and the other for the country.

As Congress MP Kapil Sibal raised the issue as point of order, soon after the papers were laid on the table, there was chaos in the House. The Opposition members raised slogans against the government, calling it the “biggest scam of this century”, while the government alleged ‘misuse of point of order’.

Sibal began by saying, “Today we have discovered why this government took a decision on demonetisation…RBI has printed two different notes of Rs 500…different sizes.”

He was immediately disrupted by BJP minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley who were heard saying, “it should not be allowed” and “it is misuse of point of order.”

There is no provision in the rules that anyone could flash any paper and say it is point of order, Jaitley insisted.

“You have been raising frivolous issues in the Zero Hour without giving notice” with a view to disrupt and not get replies, Jaitley alleged.

New Delhi: Congress leaders protest in the Rajya Sabha during monsoon session of Parliament against the printing of two different kinds of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/TV Grab

New Delhi: Congress leaders protest in the Rajya Sabha during monsoon session of Parliament against the printing of two different kinds of 500 and 1000 rupee notes, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/TV Grab

The Congress alleged that the notes that BJP workers possessed during elections, was what the RBI was printing.

Dy Chiarman of the House, PJ Kurien was heard amidst the din saying, “How can it be point of order…This is not a point of order issue.”

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of “running a parallel economy”.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/TV Grab

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo/TV Grab

“They don’t deserve to rule the country even for five minutes,” said an angry Azad.

MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was then heard saying,”where have they got the fake notes from..let them explain.”

JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav also displayed copies of some currency notes.

“It is a serious issue,” TMC’s Derek O’Brien said as he displayed two 500 rupee notes that he said were different in size and design.

As the ruckus continued, the House had to be adjourned multiple times through the day.

(With inputs from PTI)