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As it happened: Parliament closer to a washout, deadlock over note ban continues

The Parliament erupted in protests on Thursday as it increasingly looked like the winter session may be headed towards a washout due to the government-Opposition deadlock over demonetisation.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2016 14:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Rajya Sabha members protest in the House over the Centre’s move to demonetise currency.(RSTV Screengrab)

The Parliament erupted in protests on Thursday as it increasingly looked like the winter session may be headed towards a washout due to the government-Opposition deadlock over demonetisation.

The winter session, which ends on Friday, has lost more than 80% of its time in both Houses following the standoff between the Opposition and government over the Centre’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

While Opposition parties demanded loan waivers to provide relief to distressed farmers hit by weather vagaries and demonetisation, the ruling benches shouted slogans and displayed copies of news reports claiming that members of the erstwhile UPA regime allegedly received money in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal

Demonetisation -- which the government says is aimed at curbing black money -- has created currency crunch across the country as millions queued up outside banks and ATMs for cash.

Here are the updates: 

2:05pm: Saying he is “helpless”, PJ Kurien adjourns RS till 11am Friday as opposition leaders continue chanting against the government.

2pm: RS deputy chairman introduces the debate on demonetisation in the Upper House. Janata Dal’s Sharad Yadav reiterates the Opposition demand to waive farmers’ loans.

1:30pm: Upset over parliamentary disruptions, veteran BJP leader LK Advani reportedly told MPs after the Lower House was adjourned that discussion should be held and no one side should claim it as a “victory or defeat”, suggesting that it is a defeat of Parliament if it is adjourned sine die without a debate.

“I feel like resigning,” Trinamool Congress’ Idris Ali quoted Advani as saying.

12:32pm: RS commences with the Question Hour. Both the government and Opposition shout slogans against the other before Hamid Ansari adjourns the House till 2pm.

12:21pm: Lok Sabha is adjourned till Friday as the BJP fires fresh salvo against Congress over discussing their alleged corruption in the VVIP chopper deal.

12:20pm: Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar shifts the blame on Opposition for stalling the debate before saying: “The Congress is running away from a debate on corruption over AgustaWestland scam.”

12:10pm: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge says Opposition is ready for a discussion but PM Modi is running away from the debate.

Opposition erupts against TRS leader AP Jithender Reddy after he says all parties had agreed that the move to demonetise currency was right, but its implementation was poor. “We never agreed,” leaders claim.

12:02pm: Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 12:32pm.

Lok Sabha members list the papers laid on table.

12pm: Rajya Sabha commences after adjournment. Chairperson Hamid Ansari requests members to stop waving posters in the House as Opposition leaders raise slogans against the government.

11:40am: Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati attacks the government over its note ban implementation and says that even “after 37 days of demonetisation, the people who are suffering the most are poor, labourers and farmers”.

11:35am: “I advise BJP not to take Rahul ji lightly. When Rahul used to speak, Modi ji had to sell his ‘suit-boot’” Congress’ Raj Babbar tells ANI outside Parliament.

11:22am: Rajya Sabha is adjourned till noon.

11:20am: This is the first time in the history of India after Independence that the ruling party is disturbing the proceedings of the House, says Ghulam Nabi Azad after the subject of his notice is read out in Parliament.

“This is an anti-farmer government... I introduced the notice so the government will waive off the farmers’ loans.”

11:15am: Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien asks members to settle down as BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu questions the need to cause an uproar in Parliament.

11:07am: Lok Sabha Speaker adjourns proceedings till noon.

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11:05am: The Opposition -- including members from the Congress, TMC and Left parties -- raise slogans, demanding discussion on the demonetisation issue. To counter them, members from the Treasury benches waved copies of newspaper reports that some people in the erstwhile UPA government allegedly received money in the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

11am: The Lok Sabha erupts in protests soon after commencing. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s requests to settle down go unheeded.

Ahead of parliamentary proceedings, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says: “Let me speak.. I will speak.”

10:20am: The Opposition sought a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday to complain against not being allowed to speak in Parliament.

10:15am: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad gives a notice in Rajya Sabha on “hardships faced by farmers due to demonetisation”, ANI reported on Thursday.

(With input from agencies)

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First Published: Dec 15, 2016 11:03 IST