Demonetisation: Parliament’s Winter Session on way to being washed out

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ParliamentThe Centre strived to reach out to the Opposition with the demonetisation issue nearly washing out the Winter Session of Parliament.

The mechanism put forward by the government to the protesting Opposition was to debate the demonetisation issue by suspending the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, but the government said that the issue should not be put to vote.

With members of both Opposition and Treasury benches raising slogans over the demonetisation issue in the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the proceedings till noon and Chairman Hamid Ansari again adjourned the House till 2.00pm.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the 100 odd people who had died due to demonetisation should be paid homage in Parliament. That is the least the government could do, but, unfortunately, it refused.

While this was so, the Congress flayed the central government for holding the Opposition responsible for the deadlock and said it was PM Narendra Modi’s studious silence that needs to be blamed for the deadlock.

Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra said, the PM has been regularly bunking parliamentary session even as the government is refusing to discuss demonetisation in both Houses under a rule.

It may be noted that an angry BJP veteran LK Advani on December 7 held both the ruling party and the Opposition responsible for the deadlock.

“The Opposition was only interested in using tactics of disruption on a daily basis. There is no talk of taking up the discussion which began on November 1. That debate is yet to conclude,” said Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

With four days left for the session to end, ministers met members of the Opposition to discuss ways and means to resolve the deadlock in Parliament.