CPI(M) moves contempt notice against PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

Sitaram Yechury says the contempt notice against PM Modi has been served to Rajya Sabha secretary general and chairman in accordance with the rule


A file photo of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
A file photo of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday moved a contempt notice against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha for “staying away” from the House although present in Parliament building and not explaining the issues relating to demonetisation.

“I have moved (a notice for) a motion for contempt of the House by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notices have been served to Rajya Sabha secretary general and chairman of the Upper House in accordance with the rule,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said in New Delhi.

The demonetisation, which came into effect on 8 November midnight, has caused untold miseries to the ordinary people, he said.

“We hope it (the notice) will be taken up. If they do not accept it, then I would like to know under what condition it was not accepted,” Yechury said. “This contempt is not acceptable. We were assured that PM will come, he did not come for a week. After one week, he came today. He sat and then he left. He did not come back,” he said.

Recalling the debate on the 2G spectrum scam, he said the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sat for two days in the House and after the debate, a JPC was constituted. CPI(M) is contemplating moving a contempt notice in Lok Sabha also. “We are examining the issue,” CPI(M) MP Mohd Salim said, adding, “PM is accountable to Parliament.”

Quoting industry reports, Yechury said the demonetisation has severely affected garment, jewellery and leather sectors. About four lakh people have lost their jobs after the demonetisation, he added.

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