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Parliament again fails to transact any business


New Delhi : Parliament on Wednesday saw yet another day of washout with an aggressive opposition raking up fresh demand for obituary reference for the army personnel killed in the Nagrota attack and for the over 80 deaths in demonetisation-related issues as well as pressing for a debate on scrapping of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes under a rule that entails voting.

Neither the Rajya Sabha nor the Lok Sabha could transact any business due to continuous uproar and pandemonium, leading to both houses being adjourned early.

This was the 10th consecutive day of Parliament to be wasted.

In Rajya Sabha, the opposition members created an uproar demanding obituary reference for the army personnel killed in the Nagrota attack and for those who died in demonetisation-related issues.

The House was adjourned for the day after witnessing two earlier adjournments over the issue.

Leader of Opposition in the House Ghulam Nabi Azad was the first to raise the issue.

“Our seven soldiers, including two senior officers, have died at Nagrota. The House must first pay homage to them, and after that to the 82 people who have died due to government’s wrong policy (of demonetisation),” Azad said.

He was joined by Trinamool Congress MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy who also pressed for an obituary reference for the killed soldiers as well as for the “people who have died in the queues”.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, Janata Dal-United’s (JD-U) Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Ram Gopal Yadav also raised the same demand.

Ram Gopal Yadav also reiterated the demand for compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the people who have died in bank queues post demonetisation.

As soon as the House was reconvened at 12 noon after the first adjournment, opposition members stood up and started chanting “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and ignored the Chair’s call for question hour.

The Chair adjourned the House first till 12 noon, and later till 2 pm. Later, when the ruckus refused to subside, the House was adjourned for the day.–IANS