ALSO READGovernment unhappy with Rajya Sabha TV's coverage of demonetisation (Parliament snippets) 'Exposed' Congress shying away from debate: Govt. Meghwal to opposition: Abandon adamant demonetisation stand State whether you support demonetisation or not: Naidu to Congress No discussion on demonetisation until PM comes to Rajya Sabha: Congress
Accusing the Congress Party of stalling the proceedings in parliament for 16 days, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Friday appealed the Congress and other opposition parties to rise above politics and get ready for a discussion in the House as the government is ready to answer their question.
I, once again, appeal to the Congress and other opposition parties to rise above politics and get ready for a discussion in the House as we are ready to answer. The Prime Minister will also intervene and answer. And, at the end, the Finance Minister will also give reply in both Houses," Ananth Kumar told ANI.
"For the last 16 days, the opposition Congress has stalled Parliament. They walk into the well and stage walkouts at will. They are doing so, even as the Prime Minister was present in the Rajya Sabah before and after the lunch. Despite his presence in the House before and after the lunch, the Congress Party was not ready to hold discussion (on demonetisation), which means that they are shying away from a discussion and they don't want to discuss the issue," said the Parliamentary Affairs Minister.
He added that the government wants to hold a discussion and get their feedback (on the issue) for further enhancement.
Meanwhile, bedlam in both Houses of Parliament continued even on Thursday with the Opposition demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in the Rajya Sabha - a pre-condition to hold debate on the demonetisation issue.
Following which, the Prime Minister attended the Rajya Sabha proceedings from noon till it was adjourned for the day.
Opposition MPs, especially the Congress, sought an apology referring to Prime Minister's recent remarks defending the demonetisation. They alleged that the Prime Minister has remarked that the opposition parties support black money hoarders, which instigated BJP members, who stood up and protested against the opposition.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)