BJP issues whip to all its RS members over Parliament attendance

New Delhi [India], Nov. 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a three-line whip to all its Rajya Sabha members, asking them to be present in the demonetisation debate- hit Parliament on November 21, 22 and 23.

The development comes in the wake of the massive attack launched by the opposition on the Centre over demonetisation in the Parliament.

On Friday, day three of the Winter Session of Parliament, Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted with BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanding an apology from Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for his remarks on Thursday.

Azad had made comments linking the Uri terror attack casualties to the deaths during the demonetisation "crisis".

Also, the Lok Sabha did not see much happening in the first leg, with the opposition creating ruckus over the demonetisation issue.

On day two, both Houses witnessed continued protests from the opposition on the demonetisation move. They demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to respond in the demonetisation debate, but it was rejected by the government benches immediately.

Repeated efforts by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to bring normality proved futile and she adjourned the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, once again opposition parties stormed the well of the House. Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien's efforts proved futile and the House was adjourned many times. On day one, the Lok Sabha was adjourned after obituary references and the Rajya Sabha witnessed some serious debate between the government and Opposition on the demonetisation move.

The Opposition parties moved adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha for day two..

Source: ANI