Lok Sabha adjourned for the day following protests over demonetisation
Lok Sabha has adjourned for the day after Opposition parties escalated attacks over the demonetisation, demanding the presence of Prime Minister Mod in the House and make a speech.
Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the lower house after Opposition escalated their attack on the BJP government over the same issue of demonetisation. Till now, the Winter Session has been a total washout with no constructive debate happening on the floor.
Calling demonetization a “historic step”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: “Many people have discussed this, but under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have been able to take this historic step. Twenty years from now, people will hail this decision as a good one.”
The Union Minister slammed Opposition parties for criticising the PM’s demonetisation, Jaitley, addressing the MPs after the BJP Parliamentary party meet, said that now “white” transactions will be the new norm.
He said: “By stopping the ‘normal’ of last 70 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created a new normal.Some people were saying even finance minister did not know of this decision, and then they say the party knew beforehand. How is that possible?”
Meanwhile, main Opposition parties have decided to further escalate attack on the Modi government over demonetisation. PTI reported that Opposition is planning to hold a sit-in outside Parliament on Wednesday.
In Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to stop addressing public meetings and be present in parliament to address the concerns of the opposition and the 130 crore Indian citizens.
“The Prime Minister comes to Parliament, sits in his chamber, but doesn’t attend either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, which is a matter of concern not just for the opposition, but also for the 130 crore people of this country. After all, we want to know the reason why the prime minister does want to come to both houses, but feels free in giving speeches outside parliament,” said Azad.