Source: News Bharati English18 Nov 2016 14:11:55
New Delhi, November 18: Again and again, The Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan appealed for a calm and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told that the Government was ready for immediate debate, the opposition, mainly the Congress party went on creating the noisy ruckus in the Loksabha. Speaker Mahajan too repeatedly appealed the Congress and other parties to start the debate but those efforts of bringing normalcy proved futile and resulted into adjournment of the Lok Sabha till Monday.
Meanwhile in the Rajya Sabha, once again Opposition parties stormed the well of the House. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien's efforts proved futile and the House was adjourned many times. The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned four times.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi sought an apology from the Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad for comparing the deaths of soldiers in the Uri terror attack with that of people standing in queues outside banks and ATMs post demonetisation.
Slogans and counter-slogans forced the adjournment of the House first till 11:30 am, then till 12 noon and again till 12:33 pm as similar scenes continued. However, the House was later adjourned till 2:30 pm due to continued protest over demonetisation. Opposition MPs assembled near the Chairman's podium raising slogans against the government.
Earlier in the day, in Loksabha, as the proceedings for the Question Hour started, Leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge sought discussion on demonetisation under Rule 56 that which entails voting after discussion. "People are suffering after demonetisation. We have given notices of adjournment. So accept it and begin discussion under Rule 56," Kharge said.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said people were with the government in this step. "The government is ready to discuss it. People of the country are with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation," Kumar said.
As the Opposition members created a ruckus, Mahajan adjourned the house till 12 noon and when it convened, the House was adjourned for the day.
Congress members too rushed into the Well raising slogans demanding an apology from the Prime Minister and government for the hardship caused to the common man due to the withdrawal of 86 percent of the currency in circulation in the form of old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.
The Lok Sabha was finally adjourned for the day amid loud protests by the Opposition seeking a debate on the government's demonetisation move under the voting rule.
The list of business today included further discussion on demonetisation of currency. Two bills were listed for consideration and passing - the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 and the Employee's Compensation (Amendment) Bill 2016, which is to be followed by Private Members' Business.