Uproar adjourns Rajya Sabha; Oppn demands PM’s presence

Rajat Kain

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

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

The Opposition is on their toes even inside Parliament, protesting against the demonetisation move of the Modi government. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have to be adjourned due to Opposition protest soon after it assembled on Monday morning. The house will now resume proceedings on Tuesday.

The Opposition parties are seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology over his veiled attack, where he had dubbed the “critics” of demonetisation move as “supporters of black money”. After repeated adjournments through the day, the Upper House was finally adjourned for the day soon after it reconvened at 2:00 PM.

The proceedings were marred with pandemonium and heated exhange between both the Oppositin and Treasury benches.

The united Opposition’s offensive was on the expected lines as they are holding a nation-wide protest against the government’s November 8 decision to ban higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

Speaking just ahead the proceedings on Monday, BSP supremo Mayawati sought explanation from the ruling BJP of various transactions in its name in the last 10 months. Inside Rajya Sabha, Opposition MPs marched to the Well of the house raising slogans against the government.

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Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with senior opposition leaders Sitaram Yechury and Ramgopal Yadav sought Prime Minister Modi’s intervention in the house, which is also holding debate on the issue of demonetisation.

“We are observing this day as ‘Jan Aakrosh Divas’ to raise the ‘aakrosh’ (anguish) across the country. There is ‘aakrosh’ (anger) among the youth, the women and the old against this new policy of demonetisation,” Azad said, adding that so far 75 people have lost their lives due to the government’s decision to go for demonetisation.

Soon after the Upper House resumed proceedings after its first adjournment, Yechury demanded PM Modi’s presence. “Where is the PM… Let him come here in the house,” he said amid protest. But Yechury’s contention was rebutted by Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who raised questions on the Opposition protest, asking why are they avoiding the debate.

Taking a swipe at the Opposition’s nation-wide stir on Monday, Naqvi said, “Aakrosh (anger) is not against ‘Notebandi’ but against Nakebandi (blockade) of black money”.

The debate, which started on the first day of the Winter session on November 16 and resumed for a brief while last week, has been disrupted due to the repeated pandemoiun.