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Parliament disrupted yet again as oppn adamant on PM's response on demonetization

Updated: Nov 21, 2016 14:46 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 21 (ANI): The Lok Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day as the opposition parties escalated their attack on the government over the demonetisation move.

The opposition parties have also demanded that Parliament condole the death of those who they allege have died because of the cash crunch after demonetisation.

"The 70 people, who have died standing in queues at banks, deserve a tribute," said Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The opposition wants a debate on the notes ban in the Lok Sabha followed by a vote.

The government has reportedly objected to the language of the motion that would be used for the debate.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha also witnessed furore following which it was adjourned till 3 p.m.

Insisting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be present in the House and give a clarification on the move, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "The Prime Minister should give a clarification on this. He is roaming around everywhere in the nation. Why is he shying away from Parliament? If the Prime Minister shies away from giving answer in the Parliament then it is violating the Constitution."

Echoing similar sentiments, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon told ANI that obituary must be given to those who died standing in long queues of ATMs and banks due to demonetisation.

"I agree with the Congress that obituary must also be given to those who died standing in long queues. The number of deaths of the people standing in queues might increase due to demonetisation. It becomes all of our duty to stop the increasing number of deaths. I think both the government as well as the opposition must do something to stop this," he added.

Escalating his attack on the Prime Minister, Memon said it's not good that the former talks about votes in rallies but not in the House.

"The Prime Minister should stop being stubborn. He should be called for some time," he added.

The government has said that Prime Minister Modi will not contribute in the Rajya Sabha where it is in a minority.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he is ready to explain the government's stand, but the opposition is preventing that because it wants to stall Parliament rather than engage in discussion.

"The opposition is running away from a debate," he added. (ANI)

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