Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon


New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon as logjam over the issue of demonetisation continued on Wednesday.

The house was adjourned amid chaos minutes after it met for the day.

As the house reassembled, Opposition leader Gulam Nabi Azad said over 80 people have died ever since the scheme of demonetisation was introduced on November 8.

“I want to ask, who is responsible for these deaths,” Azad said, adding that accountability should be fixed for the 84 deaths.

Azad said the scheme was brought in without any preparation.

Naresh Agarwal of Samajwadi Party also criticised the government for “paralysing the country”.

Expressing similar views, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had for asked 50 days to fix the problems arising due to demonetisation, but nothing seems to be changing.

Reacting to Mayawati’s remarks, the members from the Treasury bench created ruckus in the house.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked the members to maintain silence.

Answering to the charges, leader of the house and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Opposition was running away from the debate on the issue.

“The issue is of importance and that’s why the debate should be completed (on it),” he said.

The government MPs then started shouting slogans against the Opposition saying “if they have guts let the debate take place”.



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