New Delhi, Dec 15: Anguished Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leader L K Advani on Thursday expressed displeasure over the virtual washout on the note ban issue in the Parliament. Soon after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for the day amid trading of charges between the government and the Opposition, Advani remained seated in his front seat and was seen venting out his pain and anguish to Union minister Smriti Irani, who later drew the attention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh standing nearby. After continued disruption in the House by Opposition parties even on the penultimate day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Advani said he feels like resigning.
As Advani spoke his heart out to Irani, Singh too appeared to give a patient hearing to Advani’s pain. As per PTI report, Advani was heard telling Rajnath to convey to the Speaker that she should ensure the House runs tomorrow to have a discussion on note ban. “If it does not happen and Parliament is adjourned sine die without discussion (on demonetisation), it will be considered a washout,” Advani was quoted telling Idris Ali (TMC) and two other BJP MPs. Ananth Kumar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, who had earlier targeted the Opposition over the disruptions, had by then left the House.(ALSO READ: After LK Advani, President Pranab Mukherjee strongly reacts on Parliament disruption, says ‘For God sake, do your job’ )
Amid continues ruckus stalling the proceedings of the Parliament, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge was heard telling a Lok Sabha official that the way the House was adjourned gave only the version of the government and the Opposition was left high and dry. “We feel like hanging ourselves at Vijay Chowk,” PTI quoted Kharge.
Advani also said talks should be held with the opposition, especially Congress, on ensuring a smooth debate tomorrow and insisted that discussion should be held under whatever rule and no one should see it as a “victory or defeat” for his side. The veteran suggested if Parliament is adjourned sine die without any debate, it will be a defeat of Parliament.