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RS adjourned after heated exchanges between govt, opposition

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today witnessed heated exchanges between the and the opposition over whether to take up legislative business or debating the stalking case and printing of differently-sized new currency notes, leading to its adjournment for the day.

The House, which had earlier seen a discussion on the 75th anniversary of the Quit Movement, witnessed two adjournments as the opposition and the treasury benches stuck to their respective stands before the Chair called it a day.

While the wanted to push the Regulation (Amendment) Bill for consideration and passage, the Congress-led opposition members wanted to discuss the contentious issue of stalking case and discrepancies in the printing of new currency notes.

Consensus eluded on running of the House even after the leaders of the two sides in the presence of Deputy Chairman to break the deadlock.

Those who attended the meeting after the second adjournment included Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh and Kumari Selja.

Naqvi later said in the House that the party had agreed to take up legislative business first and later discuss the issues raised by them and claimed that the party was "now retracting from its commitment".

He said the understood the opposition's intention that they would first discuss the issues they are raising and then walk out of the House so that the bill is not passed.

Prasad repeatedly stressed that the Regulation Bill was "very important and pro-poor" and would empower the RBI to ask banks to initiate proceedings against bad loans.

However, the opposition members did not relent and stuck to their stand on discussing the issues first and then taking up the legislative business.

Pressing for a discussion on their issues including the stalking incident, the opposition members led by those from the trooped into the well, raising anti- government slogans.

They also raised slogans against the BJP on the matter related to stalking of a girl in Chandigarh by the son of a Haryana BJP leader.

Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma said Chandigarh being a Union Territory was directly administered by the Home Minister who should come to the House and give a statement on the issue.

Terming the bill as important one, Sharma said that "Please do not pass it in the din."

D Raja of CPI also said no bill should be passed in the din.

Kurien then said if the House was always witnessing a pandemonium, "what can the Chair do".

Pressing for a discussion on the issues raised by the opposition, Sharma said tomorrow the new chairman of the House will join and there would be no time for a discussion on the bill.

Selja said the government was protecting the accused in the stalking case and trying to push matter under the carpet.

Even after intervention by Kurien, both sides remained defiant on their respective stands, leading to the premature adjournment of the House for the day.

Earlier initiating the discussion, senior congress leader Kapil Sibal gave a notice to suspend legislative business in and take up the matter related to discrepency in the sizes of the new currency notes being printed.

"We are confronted with a very serious issue...We have discovered differently-sized notes in the public domain. We would like to know what is going on? Who is printing these notes," Sibal said.

His notice was however rejected by the Deputy Speaker.

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

First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 17:13 IST