As the Rajya Sabha saw some debate today morning, after regular adjournments since the Winter session of the Parliament on November 16, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that if there is no debate on the floor of the House, then nobody from the Opposition will be allowed to speak.
After the suggestion by the leader of the House in the upper House that former prime minister Manmohan Singh would like to speak something the minister said he can speak if it is on demonetisation. Jaitley also suggested that let the Opposition parties start the debate in the House and former prime minister speaks on the issue.
Later Congress leader Anand Sharma said it was unfortunate that the ex-PM was not allowed to speak.
Earlier in the day, BSP leader Mayawati while speaking to the media persons said that government’s suggestion that most people are supporting the demonetisation step of the government is fake and sponsored, on the survey conducted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s app in which nearly 90 percent supported the cause.
She also suggested that let the prime minister announce the election again, which will clearly show whether the government is supported by the people of the country or not on the issue.
Since the demonetisation announcement by the government on November 8, long queues were seen outside ATMs and banks across the country with people planning to either withdraw cash or depositing old currencies of now banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currenct notes time for which is till December 30. It had also said that petrol pumps, governmnt hospitals and some governmnt stores can accept old currency notes till November 24.