Demonetisation: Repeated adjournments in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha

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ParliamentBoth Houses of Parliament were repeatedly adjourned on December 5 after the opposition parties continued to raise the demonetisation issue.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met, Leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge asked the treasury benches to initiate a debate on demonetisation under Rule 184 instead of the original Rule 56.

Since “the opposition is ready to hold a debate under Rule 56 from Rule 184, similarly the government should agree to Rule 184 and not insist on holding a debate under Rule 193,” he said.

Kharge, supported by Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhyay, told the government that as it had majority in the House, why was it hesitating from the rule which entailed voting.

All the while, the opposition parties wanted to know why Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present in the House. Demanding this, the opposition members came into the well of the House which saw the Speaker adjourn the House till 2 pm.

The atmosphere in the Rajya Sabha was not different. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “When ATMs are not working in the Parliament, how can we expect them to work across the country in villages?”

Slogans were heard in the House even as Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien told the opposition members that sloganeering will not achieve anything. Even as the proceedings resumed, the opposition members continued to disrupt the House proceedings, resulting in adjournment of the House till 2 pm.