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Parl business cannot be held hostage to minority: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rejecting Rahul Gandhi's charge, today said the Speaker observed all parliamentary norms when the bill to amend the IT Act was passed in the House and asserted that business transactions in cannot be held hostage to a minority.

"We completely reject charges of and opposition parties because all the parliamentary norms were observed by Madam Speaker. The charges show their bankruptcy because though they are in minority in the Lok Sabha, they do not want any business transactions to be done.

"Minority in cannot hold democratic process hostage. Everything was done as per to rules, laws, traditions and practises," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI.

A 16-party opposition delegation today President to protest against the manner in which the bill was passed yesterday and vice president later attacked the for suppressing their voice and breaking parliamentary norms.

Taking a dig at the opposition over its continuing protests in the today despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence, Javadekar said he would not be surprised if they demand that Modi attends both the House simultaneously if is to function.

"Even in the they got badly exposed because the PM was there. This was their demand till yesterday. Still they did not start the debate (on demonetisation) because they have nothing to offer to public. Now they say the PM should apologise. I would not be surprised if tomorrow they say he (PM) should be simultaneously present in both the Houses," he said.

quoting parliamentary practise is like pot calling the kettle black, he said, adding that it "destroyed" democracy during the Emergency.

"I still hope they will resume the debate and let Parliament function," he asserted.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 01 2016. 21:28 IST