New Delhi, Nov 21: Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress, created pandemonium in the Lok Sabha on Monday over the demonetisation of high-value currency notes, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House twice in the pre-noon session and then finally for the day.
Soon after the House met at 2 p.m. after two adjournments, the Congress members rushed towards the Speaker’s podium demanding a discussion on the demonetisation issue. The Congress members were seen asking the chair to allow their leader Mallikarjun Kharge to speak. But Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai adjourned the House for the day. Opposition also forced two adjournments in Rajya Sabha in the pre-noon session, asserting that no discussion on demonetisation would take place till the House mourns the nearly 70 deaths caused by hardships due to the withdrawal of higher denomination currency notes.
Parliament was stalled due to ruckus by Congress-led opposition parties which were demanding in Lok Sabha a debate on demonetisation for the second consecutive day today. They also demanded presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha for discussion on the issue. No business could be transacted in either the Upper House or the Lower House due to the uproar on Friday.
Congress along with other opposition parties pressed for a discussion on demonetisation in the Lok Sabha, under a rule which entails voting through an Adjournment Motion which means suspension of all business in the house. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected notices given by various opposition leaders for discussion under the Adjournment Motion
Ruckus began in the House on Friday after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded discussion on the issue of scrapping of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination through an adjournment motion. Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu replied saying that Congress and its allies did not want Parliament to function and were shying away from a debate on demonetisation. After both the Houses face adjournment, Naidu said that Congress was not interested in a fruitful discussion.
While Congress said that Modi was shying away from Parliament to avoid “facing the truth” and dared the Prime Minister to have a debate with the Opposition on demonetisation.