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New Delhi: Opposition protests on demonetisation and a scare over a flight carrying West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee stalled both Houses of Parliament on the 12th day of the winter session.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the Rajya Sabha, the House witnessed protests over his prolonged absence from the debate over demonetisation.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said that even though Modi had been addressing his party MPs in Parliament and speaking outside, he had not addressed the House on demonetisation.
The House was adjourned for the day after the opposition raised slogans against Modi, seeking an apology for claiming the opposition supports black money.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha saw Trinamool Congress (TMC) and other parties discuss the issue of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s flight having to hover over Kolkata airport, despite having low fuel, before making a landing.
TMC’s Sudip Bandopadhyay said, “The government should rise to the occasion and find out whether there was a conspiracy.”
Denying any conspiracy, the government said two more flights reported being low on fuel and that a safe landing was ensured.
“The DGCA has ordered an inquiry into how all the three flights were flying on low fuel,” said civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
PTI contributed to this story.