Parliament failed to do any major work again on Wednesday as disruptions over demonetisation and Tuesday’s Nagrota attack continued, coupled by the Opposition’s demand to debate on the currency switch only in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the House.
While the Lok Sabha speaker tried to broker peace between the government and the Opposition, but sloganeering continued. She also encouraged the House to hear issues of urgent public importance from other lawmakers to get some work done for a while, the persistent uproar forced adjournment of the Lower House until 11 am on Thursday.
The Opposition also raised in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday’s Nagrota attack in which five jawans and two officers were killed. But the proceedings in the Upper House were no different, leading to adjournment till 11am on Thursday.
Live updates from Parliament:
2.14pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day. Next session on Thursday at 11am.
2.07pm: Congress MP Rajiv Shukla says the government is answerable for the security lapse and the killing of seven Indian securitymen in Nagrota and Chamliyal attacks on Tuesday. Shukla also moves Rajya Sabha for condolence to the jawans killed on Tuesday.
BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi replies “We will never forget the sacrifice of the slain soldiers. We will avenge. We will give strong and befitting reply.”
This sparks another round of chants “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and all the leaders walk up to the deputy chairman, stalling the proceedings.
2.00pm: Rajya Sabha opens post adjournment. Opposition leaders tries to corner the government over Nagrota army base attack on Tuesday.
12.58pm: Uproar in the House refuses to mellow down. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan laughs at the shouting lawmakers and adjourns the Lok Sabha till 11am on Thursday.
12.45pm: Lok Sabha opens to continuous sloganeering from the opposition leaders. Speaker takes up issues from other lawmakers.
12.32pm: Lok Sabha speaker listens to matters of importance from lawmakers from Rajasthan and Karnataka.
Opposition refuses to let go of their protests against the government, forcing speaker Mahajan to adjourn Lok Sabha till 12.45pm.
12.20pm: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan tries to calm the outraged opposition leaders. “Let us all start from scratch and discuss what is the issue. Why is so much annoyance? Let us at least try to discuss the issue (of demonetisation),” the speaker tells Lok Sabha.
But Opposition refuses to calm down. Speaker directs the House to discuss other issues, inviting other MPs to raise their issues.
”If Opposition agrees for a discussion, government is ready for a debate on all aspects,” says BJP MP Ananth Kumar in Lok Sabha.
12:05pm: Both the Houses resume uproar as the chair open sessions. Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm.
11.15am: Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12pm after ruckus over demonetisation, Nagrota attack.
11.08am: Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party demands compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for those who died in bank and ATM chaos since the demonetisation announcement.
11.00am: Both the Houses open to ruckus over demonetisation.
Opposition raises Tuesday’s Nagrota attack issue in the Rajya Sabha. BSP’s Mayawati and Sharad Yadav of the Janata Dal (United) slam Centre.
“You claimed the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will curb terrorism. Yet yesterday, so many people were killed in Nagrota,” says Sharad Yadav.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley replies to Yadav: “We’ve always been open to debate the demonetisation. Do you even have a consensus within your party over the move?”
Sharad Yadav hits back, saying, “You’re talking about JD(U) , do you even have PM by your side? Is someone even listening to you?”
My appeal to political parties in Parl-let’s debate, discuss &move forward;Govt has nothing to hide &will definitely share with house: Naidu pic.twitter.com/oMrD277dBG— ANI (@ANI_news) November 30, 2016