New Delhi: A vociferous Opposition in the Lok Sabha today continued their protests against the government over the demonetisation issue, forcing adjournment of the proceedings till noon.
Soon after the House expressed its condolences over the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, opposition members, including those from the TMC and Congress, demanded that they wanted to speak on the demonetisation issue.
With Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declining their request and saying that the matter could be taken up after Question Hour, Opposition members trooped into the Well holding placards and shouting slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the government.
“No placards please… No papers,” Ms Mahajan told the protesting members and also reminded them that it was against the rules.
Over 30 members, including from Congress, Trinamool Congress and the Left parties, were in the Well while members of AIADMK were seen standing near their seats.
Amid the din, the Question Hour went on for around 20 minutes and saw four questions as well as supplementaries being taken up. With the protests continuing unabated, Ms Mahajan adjourned the House till noon and later till 2pm. Opposition parties have been stepping up their protests against the government’s decision to withdraw old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes and are also observing ‘Jan Aakrosh Diwas’ across the country today.
Lok Sabha has witnessed a virtual washout of proceedings since the Winter Session started on November 16 due to the protests over the demonetisation issue.