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Govt promises PM will speak in Parliament

NEW DELHI: For the 8th straight day, the Opposition stalled Parliament over demonetisation on Monday, even as the government sought to break the logjam by promising that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak on the issue if a debate takes place. Functioning of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha was disrupted, leading to their premature adjournment for the day. 

Rajya Sabha saw three adjournments between 11 am and 2 pm, before the final adjournment for the day. Lok Sabha was adjourned twice before being adjourned till tomorrow at 2.10 pm.

In the Lok Sabha, a number of Opposition leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), Sudip Bandhopadhyay (TMC) and Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), pressed for acceptance of their demand for an adjournment motion and debate under a rule that entails voting. They also demanded presence of the Prime Minister during the debate.

In response, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Prime Minister will speak on demonetisation if the Opposition wanted but the debate should take place, for which the rule will be decided by the Speaker.

Singh said it was clear that nobody was questioning the government’s intentions over demonetisation or imputing any malafide.

Even as he was speaking, Opposition members trooped into the Well and shouted slogans.

Amid the din, Singh said the government is ready for a discussion and willing to listen to the complaints and suggestions different parties have over the execution of the demonetisation move.

“As far as the Prime Minister coming to the House is concerned, if the Opposition wants he will come and intervene,” Singh said, assuring the Opposition.

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