New Delhi, Nov 17: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day on Thursday as a united opposition demanded a debate on demonetisation. Amid the ruckus, senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad compared alleged deaths over demonetisation to those who died in Uri attacks. Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement drew sharp reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader with Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu indulging in heated argument with the Congress leader.

“Pakistani terrorists did not kill even half of our people in Uri than those who have died due to government’s wrong policy,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha. “Till the PM comes to the house for discussion we will not let the house function,” Azad added. Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remark triggered a war of words between Congress leader and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu in the Upper House of the Parliament.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu condemned Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad for comparing the demonetisation of higher currency notes with Pakistan terror attacks. “Leader of opposition is insulting nation by making such remarks. He insulted people by comparing government’s decision with Pak terror attacks. He should apologise,” said furious Venkaiah Naidu.

Ghulam Nabi Azad hit back taking dig at former Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa for attending Gali Janardhan Reddy daughter’s multi-crore wedding and PM Narendra Modi for his surprise Pakistan visit. “You (BJP) attend marriages and functions in Pakistan and lay out red carpets for them, and you are saying this to us?,” Azad reacted. “BJP leaders are not going to their own constituencies due to fear of being beaten up by people,” he said outside the Parliament.

Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar demanded an apology from Ghulam Nabi Azad for accusing the government of burdening the public with wrong policy and alleging that the deaths due to demonetisation are higher as compared to those killed in the Uri terror attack. Javadekar while addressing the media here condemned Azad’s comments and alleged that the anti-black money Congress is getting frustrated as such comments exude its anxiety.

“Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, must apologise to the people of the nation because he gave certificate to Pakistan by saying that the people who have died in the last few days are more than the people who died in Pakistan terror attack. This is absolutely atrocious and unacceptable,” said Javadekar. “This shows that how the Congress is completely anti the black money decision. They are unsettled and their frustration is getting exposed by such utterances,” he added.