Both houses of Parliament were adjourned on Thursday as a united opposition demanded a debate on demonetisation under a parliamentary provision that entails voting, which was not acceptable to the government.
Opposition parties attacked the Centre for the move – aimed at stamping out illegal cash – and said the measure has hit the poor and the marginalised.
They alleged the government had leaked information about demonetisation to some people before the November 8 announcement, but senior ministers rejected criticism and wanted its rivals to explain if they wanted to get rid of black money or not.
Here are the live updates:
3.15pm: Rajya Sabha resumes, adjourned again till 11am Friday after Opposition MPs surround Chairman and shout slogans against the government.
2:05 pm: RS is adjourned till 3 pm
2 pm: Rajya Sabha suspends as the Opposition drowns the Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s statement.
12:55pm: We want a debate on demonetisation because the common man is suffering. The speaker hasn’t accepted our motion of condemnation, Congress leader Kamal Nath tells ANI.
12:34pm: RS adjourned till 2 pm and Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow amid protests.
12:20pm: “We are with the govt in its war against black money but one holding it (illegal cash) must be targeted, not the common man,” says Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, adding that he urged home minister Rajnath Singh to take steps for minimising the inconvenience caused to the people.
12:06pm: LS adjourned till 12:30pm.
12:05: LS speaker Sumitra Mahajan says the government is ready for discussion on the ban on old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
12:02 pm: Chairman further adjourns Rajya Sabha till 12:30pm.
11:50 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be there in the House and listen to us... Parliament must vote on demonetisation, the JPC probe alone won’t help, Derek O’Brien tells media.
11:35 am: Deputy chairman adjourns RS till 12 pm as opposition parties continued to disrupt proceedings.
11:30 am: RS suspends proceedings as Opposition chant slogans against PM Modi.
11:12 am: Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 11:30am.
TMC leader Derek O’Brien questions why the Prime Minister was not present for the debate on demonetisation.
Opposition MPs raised slogans in the Lower House.
11:10 am: Ruckus in both Houses of Parliament as proceedings begin.
11: 05 am: Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati says currency demonetisation is a sensitive issue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must address the House.
10:30 am: The government will respond accordingly, says urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu on Congress’ demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe over ‘leaking’ the information about the currency ban to “BJP’s friends” in advance.
10:15 am: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge says party vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to speak in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday
9:55 am: The Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress gave a suspension notice in both the Houses on demonetisation, ANI reported.