Parliament proceedings disrupted, both Houses adjourned

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Winter session of ParliamentFor the ninth straight day, Parliament proceedings were disrupted by the Opposition over demonetisation issue. However, in the melee, the treasury benches managed to pass amendments to Income Tax Bill.

Following the chaos with the Opposition demanding a debate on Nagrota attack instead of demonetisation, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till noon.

Stating that tributes must be paid to those who dies out of exhaustion standing in queues outside ATMs and banks, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also demanded obituaries for security personnel killed in Nagrota.

With the PM in the House, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “the Opposition would do well to stick to debate on demonetisation. We are also ready a debate on on the Indo-Pak border,” as per media reports.

Ever since the surgical strike across the LoC on September 29, many soldiers have been killed and the Centre is not dealing with the issue in the right spirit, said BSP’s Mayawati.

Earlier, as soon as the Question Hour began in the Lok Sabha, the Opposition raised slogans. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House, the MPs came into the well raising slogans over limitation on US work permit visas, according to media reports.

The Opposition questioned the government on job creation to which Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that 35 lakh people got jobs in the IT sector in 2015, 37 lakh this year, of which women numbered around 30 per cent.

Seeking answers for the Nagrota attack in which seven security personnel were killed, the Opposition questioned Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in this regard. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, standing up in the Speaker’s defence, said matters of national security should not be politicised.

On the Nagrota issue, Congress members, led by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, staged a walkout in protest against the government’s alleged dishonour of the deceased soldiers.