Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (IANS) The Rajya Sabha again witnessed uproar on Monday over demonetisation, leading to its adjournment twice in the pre-lunch session.

The upper house was first adjourned till 12 noon as opposition parties protested against the way bank customers have to struggle to withdraw their own money.

Soon after the house met at 11, Opposition leader Gulam Nabi Azad said people were suffering because of the cash crunch and the overall situation was going from bad to worse.

“Thousands of people met us during the weekend. No money is being given to them. They are suffering,” he said.

Azad strongly criticised the November 8 demonetisation and said ATMs even in Parliament premises were minus cash.

“It’s an important issue and should be debated,” Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said.

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As the din continued, Deputy chairman P.J. Kurien requested the agitating members to go back to their seats, saying the “only remedy (to the problem of demonetisation) is discussion”.

Nobody paid heed to his plea and Kurien adjourned the house till 12 noon amid chaos.

It got adjourned further till 2 p.m. after it reassembled at noon as the opposition members kept shouting that “people’s money should be given back to them”.



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