Demonetisation: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over PM’s absence, adjourned till tomorrow
For the sixth day in a row, the logjam in parliament continued as the opposition parties have united against the Modi government over demonetisation.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the Rajya Sabha along with ruling Bharatiya Janata Party members.
Opposition parties have reportedly decided to not hold talks with the government till 28th November. MPs of opposition parties, during the Lok Sabha proceedings, entered the well of the House, demanding adjournment of the Question Hour to discuss the demonetisation issue.
BSP chief Mayawati dared PM Modi to dissolve the Lok Sabha and call for a new mandate. “PM should come to the House and participate in the debate. Why is he running away,” she said.
Meanwhile, Congress made demand for former PM Manmohan Singh to speak in the House. First welcomed by the House, the Leader of the House Arun Jaitley denied Singh to speak.
“The prime minister has a duty to answer to the Parliament. Today, the former prime minister Manmohan Singh made a request to speak which was allowed by the Chair.He was prevented from spreaking by the Leader of the House who is also the Finance Minister.” said Congress leader Anand Sharma.
Finance Minister Jaitley said PM would be participating in the debate in the Upper House.”This is an important issue. Even we want debate in the House.The prime minister will definitely participate in the debate,” said Jaitley.
Later, Manmohan Singh was allowed to speak in Rajya Sabha.He slammed the demonetisation drive by government saying 50 days of the hardships can make “disastrous effects”.
“I say so with all responsibility that we do not know what will be the full outcome,” he said. “50 days is a short period but for those who are poor, even 50 days can bring about disastrous effects. About 60-65 people have lost their lives,” Singh said in the House.
“I want to know from the prime minister the names of countries where people have deposited their money in banks but are not allowed to withdraw it.In my opinion, the way demonetisation has been implemented will hurt agriculture, small industries and the people in the informal sector,” he said.