Winter session of the Parliament started today and the Congress came out firing against the government on the issue of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in an attempt to curb black money. While the Lok sabha was adjourned for the day, Rajya Sabha functioned as per schedule. Speaking in the Upper House, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the government has the list of those holding black money in Swiss Banks and the PM must tell who all are there in the list. He added that an atmosphere has been created by the government where questioning it has become the parameter to decide one’s nationalism. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government was ready to discuss every issue including demonetisation. He also thanked the Opposition party for their support for GST, which was passed in the last session of the Parliament. Later in the day West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lead protest march of Opposition leaders to the Parliament and said that her party will move adjournment motion against the government. Apart from demonetisation, members are expected to discuss several other bills in the current session. Highlights of the day:
6:10: Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow.
5:30 PM: Venkiah Naidu asks Congress to come out of dilemma on whether they are in support of demonetisation or not.
4:24 PM: Loan to businessman Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher a write-off ‘only in books,’ but government still pursuing his case, says Arun Jaitley.
4:01 PM: If the government was ready, there was no need for it for emotional drama and the old mother of PM would not had to stand in queue, says Mayawati.
3:53 PM: The fact is that these 10 months were used to handle black money accumulated by BJP leaders&industrialists : Mayawati in Rajya Sabha.
3: 52 PM: PM said govt has been preparing for demonetisation since 10months, that is enough time, still situation is out of control: Mayawati
3:50 PM: Common man is bearing brunt of demonetisation. It seems the country is going through economic emergency, says Mayawati.
3:38 PM: Till those alternative arrangements are not in place, allow these notes to be transacted for all white transactions, public purposes, says Yechury.
3:31 PM: If none of the objectives are to be fulfilled by this, what is the meaning of this move?: Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha.
3: 30 PM: None of the points said by PM stand on any strong footing,whether its terror funding,black money,counterfeit currency,or corruption, satsSitaram Yechury.
3:27 PM: If you stop Rs 500/1000 notes, do you think corruption will stop? Now corruption will double with Rs 2000 notes: Sitaram Yechury.
3: 11 PM: In French revolution, they said if you don’t have bread eat cake. Now Modi says if you don’t have paper, pay by plastic: Sitaram Yechury.
3:09 PM: Paddy price has fallen, thousands of trucks with goods are standing on the national highway: Sitaram Yechury.
3:03 PM: Now we have Modi Antoinette, “If you don’t have paper, use plastic”; what is the coverage of your plastic money? Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha
3:01 PM: What is the government doing for people of tea garden in Assam, asks CPI (M) leader.
2:56 PM: Country is living with 14 percent transactions today, says CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
2:52 PM: Government should come out with a step to reduce sizes of lines in ATMs and banks across the country and see that the poor don’t suffer: : Sharad Yadav
2:35 PM: Trinamool Congress will move adjournment motion in Lok Sabha, says Mamata Banerjee
2:34 PM: President was once the Finance Minister, & knows country’s situation better than anyone else,he will take appropriate action, says Mamata Banerjee
2: 33 PM: President was once the Finance Minister, & knows country’s situation better than anyone else,he will take appropriate action, says Mamata Banerjee
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2: 32 PM: We’ve requested the President to speak to Govt and decide on this and bring back normalcy in the country: Mamata Banerjee after meeting him.
2:32 PM: People who are honest are standing in queues today: Sharad Yadav
2:31 PM: The government has thrown the country’s economy from moving train, says Sharad Yadav.
2: 30 PM: How can poor of this country live with patience for fifty days, asks Sharad Yadav.
2:27 PM: Initially ATM meant “All time Money” now it is “Aayega tab milega”: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
2:23 PM: There is an emergency like situation in the country. Roads empty and no customers in shops, in lines even old people and handicapped people are there , says JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav.
2:01 PM: Rajya Sabha debate begins after adjournment .
1: 39 PM: Despite initial apprehension by Arvind Kejriwal, AAP joins Mamata Banerjee-led Opposition’s protest march to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
1:37 PM: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi in meeting with party Lok Sabha MPs, asks them to fight for rights of people facing problems due to demonetisation.
1:08 PM: Mamata Banerjee leads the protest march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, other Opposition parties also participate.
1: 02 PM: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM.
12: 50 PM: This did not happen even during emergency. Common man has become a beggar: Ram Gopal Yadav
12: 45 PM: We listen to the PM all the time. On TV and elsewhere. But he doesn’t hear us: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
12: 28 PM: The government has never called the demonetisation drive as surgical drive, but if you consider this as same then its good, says Goyal.
12: 22 PM: Piyush Goyal says honest people need not worry on demonetisation drive.-
12: 20 PM: I have been observing Jaitley ji in the Rajya Sabha and have noticed he does look very ‘dukhi’: Mayawati
12: 16 PM: Its a sensitive issue, we want the PM to come to the Rajya Sabha and take part in this discussion: Mayawati.
12: 14 PM: For the first time, honesty has been given its due, while dishonest people have suffered losses, power minister.
12:12 PM: People of the country have welcomed the demonetisation drives, says Piyush Goyal.
12:10 PM: PM, please explain who wants to kill you: Anand Sharma.
12: 09 PM: Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal begins his speech.
12: 05 PM: PM says he has given up everything – you go all around the world, what sacrifice is this? Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha.
12: 01 PM: BJP leaders go to wedding functions of Janardhan Reddy,and they talk about fighting black money,why dont you arrest him?: Anand Sharma.
11: 55 AM: I condemn PM’s statement in Goa for mocking the people who are standing in queues; he must apologise: Anand Sharma.
11: 37: AM: Which country in the world is cashless? Are you saying to the world that 86% of Indian currency is blackmoney: Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha
11: 35 AM: Can some one tell me this – which terrorist will be heading out to RBI to exchange their old notes: Anand Sharma.
11: 33 AM: Message went across the globe that economy of India is run by black money, says Anand Sharma.
86% of the currency in the markets was 500/1000 notes, was scrapped by just one announcement. Was it all black?: Anand Sharma,Cong in RS pic.twitter.com/sdEL3p8xam
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11: 31 AM: Those I am fighting against want to bend India so they can rule country: Rahul Gandhi.
11: 30 AM: PM Modi took the decision of demonetisation; you are now standing in the queue; have you seen any rich people standing there?: Rahul Gandhi, while addressing in Bhiwandi.
‘PM, please explain who wants to kill you’: Anand Sharma in Parliamenthttp://t.co/UvayEBsLYp
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11: 28 AM: 86% of the currency in the markets was 500/1000 notes, was scrapped by just one announcement. Was it all black?: Anand Sharma,Congress.
11: 16 AM: Opposition demands discussion on demonetisation.
11:12 AM: Lok Sabha adjourned till Thursday after giving obituary to the former MPs who have passed away. Debates in the Rajya Sabha continue.
11: 02 AM: Our party is not against the demonetisation decision but the way it has been implemented, says BSP chief.
10: 59 AM: Government took the decision on demonetisation without any preparation, says Mayawati.
10: 57 AM: BSP chief Mayawati demands JPC probe on demonetisation. Says with this move, BJP has converted its own black money into white.
10: 55 AM: We are not going for this march, says Majeed Memon, NCP on Mamata Banerjee’s march to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
10: 45 AM: TMC protests at Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises
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10: 30 AM: We will debate every outstanding issue. Our step is aimed at benefitting India. GST is top of our agenda. The government is in touch with every Opposition party. Thank Opposition for its support, says PM
Sabhi parties se sahyog ki ummeed hai: PM Modi ahead of winter session of Parliament pic.twitter.com/4Y0dnGPadE
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10: 29 AM: In last session an important bill like GST was passed, it was a big step. I had thanked all parties then: PM Modi
10: 04 AM: We are ready for discussion on any issue. We are doing good work so we have no problems in discussing anything: I&B Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
9:50 AM: PM Narendra Modi to meet senior ministers in Parliament at 10.30 AM just before the session starts.
9:45 AM: Business Advisory Committee meeting of Lok Sabha at 11.15 AM and Rajya Sabha at 1 PM.
9:40 AM: Ready for discussion on demonetisation. All parties must make this winter session fruitful: Ananth Kumar.