New Delhi, Nov 18: The face-off between Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government and Congress led Opposition over demonetisation order is set to be intensified on Friday. Uproar in both the houses of the Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session is expected as united Opposition is demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak on the demonetisation order. Opposition parties want PM Modi to respond on their questions regarding demonetisation and the inconvenience to common man caused by the sudden move. However the government has rejected the demand, saying it is not necessary for the Prime Minister to intervene in every parliamentary debate and it is the government’s prerogative to decide as to who should be fielded. We will be updating live on the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings. Stay connected with us to get latest and instant updates on Winter Session of the Parliament.
Both the houses of the Parliament on Thursday witnessed disruption and several adjournments. The Lower House of the Parliament managed to transact Question Hour and laying of the papers amid ruckus while the Upper House witnessed five adjournments before both the houses were adjourned for the day.
Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed heated argument between Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu after the Congress leader drew parallel between those died during the withdrawal of money from banks and ATMs across the country and the Uri terror attack martyrs. The BJP demanded unconditional apology from Ghulam Nabi Azad, but he refused to budge. The controversial statement of Azad have now been expunged or deleted from records.
In Lok Sabha, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to accept the party’s notice for an adjournment motion, under which all other business is set aside for the debate which is followed by voting. However the Speaker disallowed notices of adjournment motion. While Opposition want discussion under Rule 56 which allows voting, the government is adamant on discussing the issue under Rule 193.
Speaking on the demand of withdrawal of demonetisation order, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated there is no question of withdrawing the demonetisation move as it is aimed at purifying the economic situation of the country. “Let me clear it…the AAP and the TMC have demanded a rollback of demonetisation. There is no question of rolling it back. This is a clear decision of the government and the Prime Minister to purify the economic situation of the country. We will remain firm on this,” Jaitley told ANI in an exclusive conversation.