Urging the Opposition to shun their protest and hold debate on the issue of demonetisation, Union Home minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha that Prime Minister Modi is ready to speak in the house if the Opposition wants. The lower house is facing repeated adjournments due to Opposition’s protest on the issue.
On Monday, the tenth day of the current Winter session of Parliament, the house was adjourned for the day after repeated disruptions.
Prior to its second adjournment soon after noon, Congress leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge demanded Prime Minister’s presence in the house, a precondition for debate on the issue of demonetisation.
Demanding the house to accept the adjournment notices moved by the Opposition parties, Kharge said that while the Congress is in favour of government’s fight against corruption and black money, it wants to raise major inconvenience caused to the public post the demonetisation.
Kharge was joined by TMC’s Sudip Bandopadhyay, who also demanded Prime Minister’s intervention on the issue.
The opposition is also demanding debate under Rule 56, the provision of the house business which entails voting after the formal discussions.
Speaking from the treasury side, Home minister Rajnath Singh assured the house that government is willing to discuss on every issue arising out of demonetisation. Asking the speaker to decide on the rules under which the debate be held, Rajnath Singh said “Prime Minister will join the debate and even intervene, if the opposition wants so”.
Earlier in the day, soon after the House expressed its condolences over the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, Opposition members – Congress, TMC, Left front, SP, BSP and others, demanded the Speaker to approve their adjournment notices.
With Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declining their requests, the house was adjourned.
The Opposition members were also seen taking to the Well of the house, and resorting to slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the government. “No placards please… No papers,” Mahajan told the protesting members, which went unheeded.