The Parliament opened on Monday but little progress was made as protests on the streets by the Opposition rocked the House proceedings with frequent disruptions.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha ran into chaos over demands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in the House by the opposition parties to debate the government’s move scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes .
While several Left and Opposition leaders took to streets to observe ‘Pratibad Divas’ and the ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’, the Opposition parties rallied inside the Houses too, causing adjournments for the day before 3pm.
With the Congress, CPI(M) and TMC leading the attacks on the BJP-led government, it’s so far a fruitless stormy winter session of the Parliament.
Here are live updates from the Parliament:
2.34pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Tuesday 11am after Opposition ruckus.
2.30pm: As Congress’ sloganeering follows Azad’s point of order, BJP leader and parliamentary affairs minister of state MA Naqvi replies on behalf of the government: ”We are ready for discussion like always. You failed with your ‘Aakrosh Diwas’ on the streets, so now you are disrupting the House proceedings.
“Talk and discuss, why shout and not let anything function?” Naqvi asks.
2.22pm: Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says in Rajya Sabha, “We demand discussion over the move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in both the houses, but in the presence of the Prime Minister since he announced the move.”
2.18pm: Rajya Sabha discusses demonetisation after some lighter moments, but ruckus continues.
Congress MP Anand Sharma says, “Even the Constitution does not allow the Prime Minister or the government to deprive the citizens of their money and property, especially bank accounts. Not one Bill was tabled in the House. The Prime Minister and the government must answer.”
2.13pm: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
2.02pm: Finance minister Arun Jaitley moves amendment in taxation law in Lok Sabha
2.00pm: Both the Houses open but opposition parties continue sloganeering against demonetisation.
BJP MP in Lok Sabha Kirron Kher asks, “Why are the opposition parties observing ‘Aakrosh Diwas’ only over this issue? There were many other issues to fight against.”
12.23pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2pm
12.20pm: Rajnath Singh tries to calm uproar in the Lok Sabha, says “We’re in a fight against corruption and black money in the country. If you have a complaint on implementation then we are ready to debate, but don’t doubt our integrity.
“We have always been open to debate on the issue (of demonetisation) from day one since the announcement. We are all here to speak for the government. But if the Opposition is so much adamant, Prime Minister will come to the House and will intervene.”
12.15pm: Shiv Sena MP from Amravati Anandrao Adsul urges for discussion over demonetisation, says ‘rural regions of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka have been under severe stress due to the cash crunch. The situation has improved, but still very inconvenient. We need to find a resolution at the earliest.”
12.10pm: Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress in Lok Sabha says, “More than 70 people have died due to the demonetisation, and more than 1000 people have been injured.”
12.05pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm as uproar over demonetisation continues.
12.00pm: Rajya Sabha reopens to uproar. Chairman Hameed Ansari urges members of the House to keep calm and let the Question Hour run.
Ghulam Nabi Azad clarifies: “The Congress never called a Bandh. PM Modi said there was a bandh called. We’re observing Jan Aakrosh Diwas”.
11.52am: Opposition raises slogans demanding presence of PM Modi in the House. Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon
11.50am: This protest by the Opposition is not against demonetisation but against the check on black money: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Rajya Sabha amid uproar as the session reopens after adjournment.
11.42am: Opposition including DMK, CPI(M), Congress and RJD protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament premises. Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi also present.
11.22am: Demonetisation hits the Lower House as well. Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon as protests continue
11.13am: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes as uproar continues over demonetisation
11.05am: Let the Prime Minister come and talk to us inside the house, says Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi on PM Modi’s remarks against Opposition protesting demonetisation.
11.00am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds meeting with senior ministers in Parliament ahead of the day’s proceedings: TV reports
10.52am: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi chairs the strategy meeting of the party’s members in the Lok Sabha
10.30am: Meeting of the opposition parties ends, the to demand apology from PM for his remarks against opposition demonetisation: ANI quotes sources
9.45am: Meeting of Opposition parties underway in Parliament ahead of the session.