Opposition protest over different types of Rs 500 and 1000 notes disrupts Rajya Sabha

The opposition forced four adjournments of the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over the printing of two different kinds of 500 and 1000 rupee notes.

Published: 08th August 2017 12:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2017 08:19 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Are there two kinds of currency notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 circulating in the market? The issue rocked the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday with opposition MPs flashing Rs 500 notes of different kinds which according to them varied in size, print and colour. The Opposition alleged that one currency is for the use of the ruling party and the other one is for the government.

The matter was raised by Congress leader Kapil Sibal and soon the opposition came together demanding suspension of zero hour and seeking a reply from finance minister and leader of the house in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley.

Sibal said how can two currency notes of same denomination have so many differences like different size, colour and print also. Trinamool leader Derek O’Brien even walked up to Jaitley to show the difference in two Rs 500 notes he was carrying. JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav also raised the matter. 

The leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad called it the biggest scam under the NDA government and alleged that one kind of currency notes are for the use of BJP while the other is for the government.

Congress members stormed the well of the house shouting slogans and demanding a reply from the government.

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