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Opposition rallies against govt on demonetisation issue as Winter Session begins in Parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flanked by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and MoSes Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Jitendra Singh and SS Ahluwalia, arrives to address the media on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan (STORY DEL9) (PTI11_16_2016_000026B)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flanked by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and MoSes Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Jitendra Singh and SS Ahluwalia, arrives to address the media on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar and MoSes Jitendra Singh and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addresses the media on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shahbaz Khan (STORY DEL9) (PTI11_16_2016_000022B)

Before the session was convened, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the opposition to support the crack down on Black money. He also hoped that constructive debates and timely decisions will be made in the winter session, while adding that the government was ready to discuss any issue. The Lok Sabha was adjourned after condoling the death of sitting MP from Cooch Behar Renuka Sinha and five former MPs. PTI

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_16_2016_000142B)

A heated session in Rajya Sabha was observed with the opposition parties rallying against the BJP on the demonetisation issue. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said that Modi was "living in a different world while stating that demonetisation will not achieve any of Modi's stated goals. He demanded that demonetised currency be allowed for use till 31 December. PTI

Samajwadi Party members Ramgopal Yadav speaks as CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury shows a Rs 2000 note in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_16_2016_000066B)

Samajwadi Party member Ramgopal Yadav speaks as CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury shows a Rs 2000 note in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. Yadav also narrated the woes of the common man, claiming that the man on the street didn't even has cash to buy vegetables. PTI

 Congress leader Anand Sharma speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_16_2016_000065B)

Congress leader Anand Sharma also cornered the government on the issue stating that the common was harassed by this move. Referring to Janardhan Reddy's daughter's wedding, Sharma said that Rs 500 Crore were spent on a wedding and nobody batted an eyelid, on the other hand cash-strapped commoners had to cancel weddings because of currency ban. PTI

BSP President Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_16_2016_000062B)

BSP President Mayawati lashed out the unpreparedness of the government before introducing the move, alleging there was total economic anarchy in the nation. She said if the government would have been prepared, Modi wouldn't have had  to stage emotional dramas and compell his old mother to stand in the queue. PTI

Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_16_2016_000060B)

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad at the end of day one requested the prime minister to appear in the House tomorrow and discuss the issue of demonetisation urging him to at least listen to the Opposition's point of view. PTI

TMC member Derek O'Brien speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the opening of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_16_2016_000058B)

TMC MP Derek O'Brien demanded that Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien announce the identity of those who filed notice for discussion in the House. TMC has opposed the demonetisation move tooth and nail and party's national chief Mamata Banerjee also took out a march to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. PTI


Updated Date: Nov 16, 2016 19:25 PM

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