Demonetisation: Protest stalls both houses on Day 3

RSTV Bureau

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Both the houses in Parliament witnessed protest over the issue of demonetisation. The opposition parties — Congress, Trinamool Congress and Left – resumed with their protest in Lok Sabha as soon as the house assembled for day’s proceedings on Friday morning. While in the Upper House, the ruling party MPs resorted to protest against Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comments.

Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned till monday next week after persistent protest.

The Parliament was adjourned yesterday too with little business transacted owing mainly to the opposition protest against the government’s move to demonetise the higher denomination currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500.

On Friday, as the Parliament assembled for the third day of Winter’s session, Lok Sabha witnessed protest by the members of opposition who demanded discussion on the subject of demonetisation under the rule which entails voting. But the government once again asked Opposition to debate under Rule 193 which does not entail voting and a formal motion.

With the government rejecting their demand, pandemonium struck the lower house with Opposition members taking to the Well of the house.

Besides, 18 adjournment notices were moved by the Congress, TMC, Left and other opposition parties in Lok Sabha, which were rejected by the Speaker.

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In the Upper house, it were the MPs from treasury bench who protested against the Congress party seeking leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s apology over his Thursday’s remarks where he had blamed the government for reported deaths of at least 40 people due to waiting at the queue or banks.

The remarks, which also contained reference to the recent terror attack in Uri, though have been expunged by the order of Deputy Chairman, the ruling BJP is demanding an apology. Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday rejected government’s demand while once again accusing its move for public inconvenience.

Members of Congress party too marched to the Well of the house demanding the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be present in the house during the debate on demonetisation.

With repeated adjournments and neither side budging from its protest, Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien adjourned the house till Monday next week.

Earlier in the day, AIADMK MPs had resorted to protest in the Upper House raising the issue concerning Cauvery river water dispute between the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.