New Delhi: Halfway through the ongoing winter session, disruptions continued to stall proceedings in both houses of parliament on Wednesday with opposition parties trying to corner the government on demonetisation and Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
Taking advantage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in the Lok Sabha, the opposition led by the Congress party demanded a discussion on demonetisation followed by voting which led to an adjournment till noon.
Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also demanded that the House condole the killing of seven soldiers in the terror attack in Nagrota in Jammu. However, this demand was rejected by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
“It is a tradition that the Parliament pays tribute to soldiers killed in an operation. This is for the first time that the government has not paid its respects to the country’s martyrs. Thus, we walked out of the house,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.
Attacking the Congress for disrupting proceedings of the house, Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the Congress staged a walkout despite the Prime Minister being present in the House. He informed the House that tributes will be paid once combing operations were finished in Nagrota.
In the Rajya Sabha, opposition parties demanded that the House should condole death of 25 army men since the surgical strikes in September and death of 82 persons who died due to hardships caused by demonetisation.
Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said there should be an obituary reference for the martyrs of Nagrota attack as well as the 82 people who lost their lives due to “wrong policies of the government.”
Leader of the House and finance minister Arun Jaitley said the government was ready for discussion on both the issues mentioned by the opposition.
PTI contributed to the story