New Delhi, Nov 24: A day after making brief appearance in Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend Rajya Sabha today. The ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament has been witnessing massive uproar as united opposition is demanding PM Narendra Modi to participate in the debate over demonetisation. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that PM Narendra Modi may speak in Rajya Sabha on demonetisation. It has been confirmed that Narendra Modi will attend the Upper House of the Parliament.
Prime Minister’s Office is earmarked today in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament. However a senior representative can reply to queries on behalf of the Prime Minister, but it is believed that Narendra Modi himself will be present to answer questions. Narendra Modi made brief appearance in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, but didn’t speak. The proceedings in Parliament were washed out for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday as opposition parties continuously created ruckus, persisting with the demand for presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and debate on demonetisation under a rule that entails voting.
The bone of contention between the government and opposition is that under which Rule of the Parliament the debate on demonetisation should be held. While opposition wanted a debate on the issue under Rule 56 that entails voting on the issue, the government is ready to debate on demonetisation under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.
Meanwhile, the government is now reaching out to the Opposition to break the Parliament logjam. Senior minister like Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu are believed to have backdoor talks with opposition leaders to arrive at a consensus on demonetisation. There had been two rounds of talks between the Lok Sabha Speaker, government and the opposition to discuss the demonetisation issue. Parliament has been paralysed since the Winter Session began on November 16.