LS adjourned following Oppn pandemonium
Don’t worry for your safety at least in UP: Naresh Agrawal
Soon after the Chair made obituary reference to former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ram Naresh Yadav and Carnatic exponent M Balamurlikrishnan who died recently, members from Congress, TMC and SP demanded taking up the adjournment motion on demonetisation issue.
“Same demand ... Every day same demand...no no,” said Mahajan.
After a week of acrimonious exchanges over the demonetisation drive, Parliament finally started debating the contentious move and even saw at least two moments when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making a rare appearance in Rajya Sabha, chuckled. Speaking after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who started Thursday’s debate, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal joked about the rumour that most Modi ministers did not know about the November 8 announcement.
“There are those who say the PM did not take even (Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley into confidence. If Arunji had known, he would have whispered about it in my ears. He knows me,” Agrawal said, bringing the House down. Both Modi and Jaitley could not help laugh.
Maya dares Prime Minister to seek fresh mandate
BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold fresh elections to know the people’s view on demonetisation.
“I want to tell Prime Minister Narendra Modi that if you really are an honest man and want a correct survey and if you have guts, then dissolve Parliament and hold fresh elections,” she said over the demonetisation issue.
Her remarks came a day after the PMO said that more than 93 per cent of the five lakh people who participated in a survey on Narendra Modi App have supported demonetisation.
The issue of demonetisation has rocked both the Houses since the commencement of the winter session.
Blaming BJP for the disruption, Mayawati said the entire Opposition is seeking PM’s presence in Parliament.
“The ruling party does not want Parliament to function as all the Opposition parties are demanding PM’s presence in Parliament,” she said outside Pariament
BJP too demanded PM’s presence in House during 2G debate: Cong
Congress on Thursday stuck to its demand that the Prime Minister hear them out and reply to concerns raised in Rajya Sabha during the demonetisation debate, saying it was only treading the path shown by BJP during discussion on the 2G spectrum scam in August 2013 when it was in opposition.
Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said that just as BJP demanded the Prime Minister’s presence in the Upper House in August 2013, the Congress has every right to do so.
“We are adopting the same principle as done by BJP in 2013 when it demanded that the Prime Minister clarifies. We are also demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarifies to concerns raised by opposition,” he said.
He said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who strongly criticised demonetisation in Rajya Sabha, was speaking through his rich experience on behalf of farmers and unorganised sector workers.
He said Singh, who has a lot of experience in public life and has held many top positions in the government, chooses his words judiciously and does not resort to theatrics. “Dr Singh chooses his words judiciously and doesn’t resort to theatrics. Singh spoke on behalf of farmers and the informal sector. The Prime Minister should listen to the views of his predecessor. We want the Prime Minister to clarify his position,” Ramesh said.