Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar attacked the

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar attacked the

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar attacked the
Opposition over the matter, saying they should not do politics over martyrdom of soldiers, drawing protests from the Opposition benches.
Turning to demonetisation, the Opposition said it is ready for a debate under any rule that entails voting but the government refused to budge from its stand against division of votes. This led to frequent adjournments.
Leaders of several Opposition parties, including Kharge and Bandhopadhyay, expressed willingness to withdraw their demand that the debate be held under Rule 56, which deals with an Adjournment Motion, but said the government also should not insist on debate under Rule 193 which does not entail voting.
BJD also sided with the Opposition and rejected the government’s contention with its leader Bhartruhari Mahtab saying the division of votes was not on black money but the hardships facing people and states following the decision.
Kharge asked the Speaker to decide on any rule that involves discussion and voting.
“We are ready. We are not running away from debate,” he said, drawing support from Bandopadhyay.
Ananth Kumar said the people stood with the Narendra Modi government on its action against black money and a divided message should not go out of Parliament on the issue.
It should not appear that Parliament is against the measures being taken against black money, he said.
Taking a dig at the government, Mahtab wondered who is dividing Parliament. He said it is neither the Leader of Opposition, nor the Trinamool leader.
He said the Opposition was demanding a discussion on the predicament people are facing after demonetisation, with every citizen, every state going through hardships.
Jaitley said if the debate is about hardships facing people, then there is no need for division of votes and the debate should start immediately.
Mahajan suggested that a debate should begin in the Zero Hour and Parliament will try to find “something out of the zero” as both sides are divide on rules.
However, the Opposition members trooped into the Well as it became clear that the government was not agreeable to their demand.
The Speaker said it was clear that the Opposition did not want a discussion and she adjourned the House till 1245 hours.
Before adjourning the House, the Speaker took up Zero Hour asking members to raise issues of national importance.
However, nothing was audbile in the din.
When the proceedings resumed, the Opposition again raised the demand for discussion to be held under rules which entails voting.
Mahajan said she had given one chance to the Opposition and was ready to allow them to proceed with the debate.
However, the dissatisfied Opposition members stormed into the Well again and amidst continued sloganeering, the House was adjourned for the day. PTI PR KR AKK
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