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Demonetisation: Oppn to hold protests outside Parliament

"We will hold dharna in front of the Gandhi statue (outside Parliament building) tomorrow at 9.45 AM on the demonetisation issue.

"It was decided to meet the President. But the date will be decided. We will go step by step," Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said after the strategy meeting of opposition parties here.

While the principal issue would be demonetisation, issues like plight of the common man, farmers, reported deaths of people standing in bank and ATM queues, leakage of information on demonetisation before it was announced would also be highlighted at the sit in.

Mohd Salim (CPI-M) said street protests and demand for a JPC to look into the leak of information about the demonetisation decision to certain corporates are also on the agenda.

Meanwhile, Opposition will continue to press for calling the Prime Minister in the Rajya Sabha and holding of the debate on demonetisation through an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha today.

Leaders said functioning of the two Houses today too was difficult.

Leaders of various parties, including those from Congress, Trinamool Congress, JD(U), CPI(M), CPI, NCP and RJD attended the meeting to further their joint strategy to corner the government in the ongoing Winter session.

Lok Sabha adjourned as uproar by opposition continued

Opposition today disrupted the proceedings of the Lok Sabha for the fourth consecutive day today demanding discussion on demonetisation on a rule which entails voting forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House for about 50 minutes soon after it assembled.

As soon as the House met, members of Congress, TMC, Left parties and AAP rushed to the Well of the House demanding discussions on the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 under Rule 56, that entails.

Samjawadi Party, NCP and RJD stood in the aisles in solidarity with the other opposition members.

While AIADMK members were also on the aisles raising the issue of Tamil fishermen injured allegedly in firing by Sri Lankan Navy, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was seen busy in his seat in an intimate discussion with AAP MP from Punjab Harinder Singh Khalsa.

Ignoring the slogan shouting opposition members, Speaker allowed the Question Hour to continue amidst noise.

When some opposition members tried to bring a placard, denouncing the demonetisation move, infront of Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who was replying a question related to his Ministry, the Speaker tried to intervene and asked the MPs not to disturb the Minister.

"This is not good. Everyone will be shown on TV, but don't disturb the Minister. If you want to discuss something, raise it before the government. People are in pain, tell the government. But this is not the way to highlight people's grievances," Mahajan said asking them to return to their seats.

However, an unrelenting opposition continued to raise slogans.

The Speaker again appealed to the opposition to participate in the debate saying that the disruption of proceedings would not resolve the problem.

"I am really pained. If you are people's representatives, you should stand by them," she said.

As pandemonium continued, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon after 20 minutes of proceedings.
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