Following a prolonged demand by the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally attended the proceedings in the current session of Parliament. With Modi seated in the Rajya Sabha, members of Opposition took turn one-by-one to articulate their stand against demonetisation policy of the central government. Modi was expected to intervene in the end and counter the arguments presented by the Opposition lawmakers. However, the Prime Minister chose not to attend the proceedings in the post-lunch session. This created disappointment among the Opposition MPs who forced Deputy Speaker P J Kurien to adjourn the proceedings for the day.
PM Modi remained ‘maun’ throughout the time he was present inside the Parliament. Sources close to India Today claim that Modi is likely not to intervene tomorrow as well. BJP has indicated that it is pointless for the Prime Minister to intervene at this point of time. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that Modi is prepared to participate in the discussion. “But the Opposition has no intention of indulging in a genuine debate,” he added.
Who said what in the Rajya Sabha proceedings today:
Ghulam Nabi Azad began the debate by taking a jibe against PM Modi, saying that he should had spoken within the Parliament on demonetisation after announcing it on November 8. “The Prime Minister is not the leader of only the BJP. He is everyone’s PM. He is speaking from Japan, Uttar Pradesh and Goa. But why was he shying away from the Parliament?”