Parliament: Congress says Azad said nothing offensive as BJP demands apology

Meenakshi Lekhi also condemns Azad's statement on linking the Uri terror attack casualties to the deaths during demonetisation issue.

As soon as the third day of the Winter Session starts, opposition and ruling parties clashed over the demonetisation move. The ruling party demanded an apology from Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remark linking the Uri terror attack casualties to the deaths during the demonetisation “crisis”.

BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said: “The government is ready for a discussion. We don’t know what has happened with the Congress. Suddenly, they took a U-turn.”

Naidu added, “They are not strong…they are not on the side of the truth, the people are not with them.”

“Those who ruled over the country for 50 years and ruined the situation of the aam aadmi and those who did not let the Parliament function are now also on the same path,” said Naidu, adding that  the prime minister will respond if needed.

Congress leader Anand Sharma defended Azad’s statement, saying, “Ghulam Nabi Azad did not say anything which should offend someone. Ghulam Nabi Azad has been the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister.”

Rajya Sabha adjourned yet again,  till 2.30 pm.

Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday

In Lok Sabha, Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said the government is ready for discussion on demonetisation issue. Under Section 193, a discussion on the issue can be conducted, he said.

“I want to assure that the government is concerned about the TN fishermen and will bring it to the notice of the Defence Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister,” said Ananth Kumar

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi also condemns Azad’s statement on linking the Uri terror attack casualties to the deaths during demonetisation issue.

Proceedings in the upper house were disrupted with Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi criticised Azad’s remark, demanding an apology from the opposition leader.

On Thursday, the two Houses faced repeated disruptions before the BJP latched on controversial comments of Azad, who is the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, on demonetisation move.

A united opposition had also escalated their attacks on Narendra Modi-led NDA government, demanding for a debate on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 ban under a rule which entails voting, forcing the adjournment of the Lok Sabha for the day after government refused to accept for the debate.

The upper house also witnessed the similar chaos as opposition member raised slogan against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on government’s decision to demonetise the high currency notes. They even vowed they would not let the House function till Modi himself came to took part in the demonetisation debate, forcing Rajya Sabha to adjourn for the day.