The Narendra Modi-led government broke the principles of democracy, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Friday after Opposition parties met President Pranab Mukherjee over “not being” allowed to speak in Parliament, and to discuss the demonetisation move.
Leaders of various parties earlier said the entire Opposition was meeting the President to “complain” against the ruling party.
“The government did not cooperate with our attempts for a discussion in Parliament; it broke the principles of democracy,” Kharge said after the meeting with the President.
Opposition leaders have been meeting every morning to decide on a united strategy in Parliament during the winter session, which has been a virtual washout.
At a parliamentary party meeting of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendera Modi attacked the Opposition over Parliament logjam, saying unlike earlier, when Opposition parties stalled the House against scams, Congress-led parties are now doing so against the government’s steps to curb black money and corruption.
The Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned sine die even as Chairman Hamid Ansari expressed strong displeasure over regular disruptions by all sections of the House during the session and asked the members to introspect.
Soon after the laying of papers, Ansari adjourned the House sine die. Modi was present in the House.
The 241st session of Rajya Sabha, which had commenced on November 16, was a near washout as Opposition members disrupted proceedings mainly over the demonetisation issue.
In his closing remarks, Ansari said he had “fervently hoped” that he would not have to repeat what he had said at the conclusion of the 221st session in December 2013, but “My hopes stand belied”.