Rajya Sabha adjourned over Modi's absence during debate

Lok Sabha Adjourned For 7th Consecutive Day

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day as the opposition continued to disrupt the house with its demand for a debate under adjournment motion on the issue of demonetisation on Thursday.

Azad was joined by other opposition leaders, including CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury in the demand for the PM's presence.

The house functioned normally for the next one hour as the Prime Minister sat and patiently heard the opposition members, including Manmohan Singh and Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party.

A visibly upset Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon. It is on Thursdays that questions on the Prime Minister's Office are usually taken up.

After ministers advertised on Wednesday that they would meet Opposition leaders to work out a House truce before resumption of the sitting, Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad called up the Trinamool representative and others early Thursday morning to share Congress apprehension that it was created to end Opposition unity (of 13 parties) as the invitation was only to Congress, AIADMK, Trinamool Congress, BJD and CPM. The Prime Minister sat through the debate.

Kurien, however, countered him by asking how was it possible for the Prime Minister to be present all the time.

Speaking to reporters in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said that government had taken the "right steps" to curb black money and corruption, "which are being implemented in the right manner".

Safe to say, the morning's shortlived debate on the notes ban in Rajya Sabha was what caused Modi to call this meeting.

As opposition members created a ruckus, the house was adjourned till 3 p.m.

The week-long disruptions in both Houses of Parliament have stalled legislative business because of repeated adjournments.

While the government has repeatedly maintained that it is open to debate and discussion in Parliament, NDA members argue that they can not agree for voting on the demonetisation issue because the government has already taken the decision.

"Whole opposition requested the Prime Minister to sit through the debate".

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