PM’s jibe draws protest from Oppn; Parl adjourned till Monday

SansadTV Bureau
Members of Opposition parties protesting in Rajya Sabha. Photo - PTI

Members of Opposition parties protesting in Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Repeated adjournments in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha saw another day washing out in the current Winter session. On Friday, the united Opposition sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his veiled attack at them, where he dubbed the “critics” of demonetisation move as “supporters of black money”.

In Rajya Sabha, the Opposition, which is protesting over the issue of demonetisation, attacked the government soon after the House mourned the death of its former member Dipen Ghosh.

Opening the charge, BSP chief Mayawati accused the Prime Minister of levelling “wrong” allegations against the opposition.

Joining her, leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said “how can Prime Minister level such an allegation… we are against blackmoney. Prime Minister must apologise.” Other opposition leaders joined in instantly.

While, JD (U) senior leader Sharad Yadav said Modi has levelled a serious allegation and should apologise, SP’s Ramgopal Yadav said there could not be anything more shameful than the Prime Minister alleging that the entire Opposition was a supporter of blackmoney.

Criticising the Prime Minister, TMC’s Derek O’Brien too sought his apology.

Congress party MPs protesting in Rajya Sabha. Photo - PTI

Congress party MPs protesting in Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Amid the din, Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien urged opposition MPs to resume the debate on demonetisation, which had started on the first day of the session, but the opposition once again underlined its demand of PM Modi’s presence in the house during the whole debate.

“…we were promised that Prime Minister will be in the House till the debate is over but the Prime Minister did not return after lunch hour,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said referring to Thursday’s proceedings in the house where PM Modi was present for nearly an hour.

Similar protest derailed proceedings in Lok Sabha too.

Criticising PM Modi’s remarks, leader of Congress party in the House Mallikarjun Kharge said that the “issue now is not our demand for an adjournment motion but the remarks of the Prime Minister”.

Soon, members from various opposition parties rushed to the Well demanding that the PM make a statement in the Lok Sabha.

Expressing anguish that the Opposition was not ready to help run the House, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for over 35 minutes till noon. But there was no let up in the Opposition’s protests when the House reassembled.

Saying that Prime Minister Modi’s comments have hurt the Opposition’s feelings, TMC leader Sudip Bandhopadhyay demanded sought his apology and even taking back his words.

Both the houses will now resume with their proceedings on Monday, September 28.

(With inputs from the PTI)