New Delhi | Opposition parties today joined hands to stall pre-noon proceedings in Rajya Sabha demanding Rs 10 lakh compensation to the kin of each of the 70 persons who lost their lives post demonetisation and the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the debate on the issue.
The rare unity in opposition parties brought Congress and TMC as well as SP and BSP together as their slogan-shouting members trooped into the Well of the House, even as treasury benches countered them demanding resumption of the debate on the issue.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien first adjourned the House till 1130 hours and then till noon.
No sooner were the listed papers laid on the table, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said the government should pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to kin of the 70 persons who lost their lives due to hardships caused by withdrawal of 500 and 1000 rupee notes.
Naresh Agarwal (SP) and Mayawati (BSP) said Modi should be called before starting discussion on the demonetisation.
“He should come and listen to the pain people have faced because of his decision,” Mayawati said.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad (Cong) said the opposition is ready for discussion on the issue but Prime Minister should come to the House first.
As he spoke, members of the BJP moved into the aisles raising slogans.
At this point, TMC members carrying placards of “Financial Emergency” trooped into the Well, with Congress members following suit.
As they shouted slogans from the Well, Kurien said, “You cannot speak in the Well. Shouting in the Well is of no use.
If you go back to your seats, I will give you time (to speak).”
He told Azad that he was ready to accept his notice under rule 267 seeking suspension of business. “Mr Azad, I am ready to admit your notice under 267 if only there is order in the House.”
As BJP members also created a ruckus, an angry Kurien snapped at them. “Why should treasury benches do this? Mr Minister, why should treasury benches to this,” he asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
With pandemoneum continuing, he said this was “blatant indiscipline.”
“Both sides do not want discussion. Not only the opposition, but treasury benches are also disrupting the proceedings. That is very unfortunate,” he said before adjourning the proceedings till 1130 hrs.