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Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till Noon As Opposition Corners Govt Over Demonetisation

The opposition members trooped into the well seeking Modi's reply to the decision to scrap ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes.

21/11/2016 11:36 AM IST | Updated 21/11/2016 11:46 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 in the noon as a united opposition confronted the government yet again on the fourth day of the Winter Session of Parliament over the demonetisation move.

The Parliament witnessed uproar from the opposition benches as soon as the proceedings began.

The opposition members trooped into the well of the House seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply to the decision to scrap ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency notes.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earlier vented his ire at the opposition members for not cooperating with the government for a debate on the matter.

"The opposition not ready for debate. They are trying new tactics everyday to disrupt the Parliament proceedings," he said in the Rajya Sabha.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, however, hit back and stated that they were ready for a debate on the matter only after paying tributes to those who have died standing in queues courtesy this decision.

"Please move an obituary and then we can discuss," Yechury told Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien amid uproar in the Upper House.

The opposition parties want Prime Minister Modi to explain his abrupt outlawing of the old notes in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority.

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