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New Delhi, December 02
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Friday following ruckus created by the opposition over demonetisation as the Congress and the Trinamool Congress persisted with their demand for a discussion under the rules entailing voting.
Soon after the House met for the day, Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay raised the issue of the army deployment issue in West Bengal, saying the state government was kept in the dark on the matter.
The claim was refuted by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who dubbed it as a routine exercise held annually since past many years.
Congress, Trinamool, and the Left members then trooped near the Speaker’s podium and shouted slogans against the demonetisation move, while members of the AIADMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Nationalist Congress Party stood up at their seats.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urged the agitating members not to disturb the Question Hour as it was the right of the other members.
She also warned some of the agitating members not to disrupt Ministers when they were giving replies.
When the protests showed no signs of abating, Mahajan adjourned the house for the day.
The Rajya Sabha was on Friday adjourned for the day amid continuous protests by the opposition who alleged the government was “misleading” the house on the issue of the army “deployment” in West Bengal.
After repeated disruptions, as soon as the house began its sitting at 2.30 p.m. post lunch, it was adjourned again when the opposition members continued to protest.
“In West Bengal, the army has taken over toll plazas at 19 places. The state Chief Secretary, state administration or the state Director General of Police (DGP) were not given any information about this. We are unable to understand what is this,” Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
But the government played down the issue, saying it was a routine exercise done every year of which the state government was informed in advance and the opposition reading too much into it.
The opposition members were, however, not impressed with the government’s response, and accused the government of “misleading” the house on the issue, and continued protesting.
“Modi teri Hitlershahi, nahi chalegi, nahi chalegi (Modi, you can’t govern like Hitler)”, they thundered and trooped towards the Chairman’s podium.
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