People want Parliament to function: Venkaiah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been facing Opposition flak over the issue, was present.

November 23, 2016 11:07 am | Updated 06:28 pm IST

MPs of Opposition parties stage a protest in front of the Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

MPs of Opposition parties stage a protest in front of the Parliament House on Wednesday. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

A united Opposition on Wednesday escalated its attack on the government on the demonetisation issue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been facing Opposition flak over the issue, was present in Parliament.

Here are the updates:

Rajya Sabha | 2.30 pm

As Minister M J Akbar begins making a statement on the Prime Minister's Japan visit, protests and slogans get loud.

House adjourned till tomorrow after uproar over the demonetisation issue.

Rajya Sabha | 2.00 pm

Proceedings resume. Samajwadi Party's Naresh Agarwal appeals to the Chair to take a call on point of order. Treasury Benches protest.

Chair to Treasury benches: "You can't behave like this. I cannot allow that. Agarwal is allowed to talk." NDA members loudly protest against his remarks.

Mr. Agarwal makes inciting remarks, to which Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi retorts, "We're not here for bhakti."

Lok Sabha | 12.30 pm

''We have asked for discussion under rule 193. Let the government sit with Opposition and discuss the way out so that the House can run smoothly, BJD member Bhartuhari Mehtab says. Opposition members storm into the well of the House.

Minister Venkaiah Naidu says people want Parliament to function. "I don't understand that even though discussion was started in the Rajya Sabha, suddenly why the Opposition is taking such a stand and disrupting the House." he observes.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallows adjournment motion.

Lok Sabha | 12.10 pm

Opposition members continue to shout slogans.

''I request the Opposition members to debate. If Opposition gives any constructive points, we are willing to even consider that,'' says Minister Ananth Kumar.

House adjourned till tomorrow amid uproar by Opposition members.


Rajya Sabha | 12.02 pm

House adjourned till 2 pm


Lok Sabha | 12.01 pm

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge says, ''We are ready for discussion. "We want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be present. But we want adjournment motion to be accepted."

AITC Member Sudip Bandopadhya asks what is the harm in accepting the debate and voting on it. Why is the government afraid if they have the numbers.

Rajya Sabha | 11:15 am

''He has inconvenienced people and created a financial anarchy'', says Congress leader Anand Sharma.                     

''I want a ruling from the Chair. On November 8, the Prime Minister made a statement. Announced policy decision. House assembled on November 16. After that, many statements were made by him outside. I want a ruling from you whether the Prime Minister can make policy statements outside when the House is in session?, asks Sukhendu Sekhar Roy

House adjourned till 12:00 hours. 

Rajya Sabha | 11.02 am

House session begins with obituary references to Ram Naresh Yadav, MGK Menon - former MPs, and Carnatic musician M Balamuralikrishnan.

''What is the list of papers that Ministers are laying?'' asks Sitaram Yechury of the CPI(M)

""Why no compensation for those dying in queues? asks JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav

''More than 75 people have died in queues. Please call the Prime Minister. He should reply in the House, not outside. This is an insult to Parliament,'' says BSP leader Mayawati

''Start the iscussion. How do you presume the Prime Minister won't come'': Deputy Chairman of the House PJ Kurien

The government has denied people access to their accounts and limited access to their money. It has no constitutional power for this, says Mr.  Anand Sharma


Lok Sabha | 11.00 am


House proceedings start. Opposition members demand a debate on demonetisation.                       

Opposition members start shouting slogans demanding adjournment.

Mr. Ananth Kumar says the way the Congress is behaving in an irresponsible manner. I condemn the behaviour. We are ready for debate. I don't understand why the Opposition is running away.

Opposition members storm the well of the House, which is adjourned till 12 noon

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