PM will participate in demonetisation debate, Jaitley assures RS

The Prime Minister was present in the Rajya Sabha to attend the debate on demonetisation till lunch break.

Published: 24th November 2016 03:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2016 03:19 PM   |  A+A-


Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday assured the Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the debate on demonetisation.

Replying to the opposition demands that Prime Minister Modi should be present in the House during the debate, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien said: "How can the Prime Minister always sit here. He is also a human being."

The Prime Minister was present in the Rajya Sabha to attend the debate on demonetisation till lunch break.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "The Prime Minister should be present in the House for the debate to go on."

Hitting out at Azad, Finance Minister and Leader of the House Jaitley angrily said: "It has become very clear that the opposition doesn't want a debate. Now they are finding different ways to run away from the debate. Now, this is a new method.

"The debate should continue. The Prime Minister will participate in the debate. Keeping in mind the traditions of the House, the PM will come to the House and participate in the debate," he added.

Jaitley added: "There is no tradition that if the debate goes on for 15 hours, he will be there for that long."

Replying to this, Azad said: "When they (NDA) were in opposition they had demanded that the Prime Minister should be in the House during the debate on 2G spectrum."

Following this, the opposition members trooped to the Chairman's podium, only to compel the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman to adjourn the House till 3 p.m.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp