New Delhi: The opposition Congress, backed by TMC and JD (T) on Tuesday imposed four postponements of research on the Rajya Sabha in what it called “the biggest scam of the century” in printing two different types of 500 and 1000 Rupee notes.
Members of Congress who shouted slogans set on it, as well as House leader Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said that the opposition party had raised “frivolous” issues without warning to end the minutes of the hour zero.
They were supported by Sharad Yadav (JD-T) who has published copies of certain currency notes.
Some members including Derek O’Brien (TMC) publish the new 500 Rupee notes issued after demonetization to show the sizes they have made.
The first time he offered to present the Jaitley notes for review and then approached him to explain the difference. However, he did not leave the notes with the Minister of Finance.
Jaitley said there was no provision of the rules that all could “illuminate any document and say that this is a matter of order.”
“It’s not a bad use of midnight going on,” he said, adding that Congress first raised the issue of provision for None-Of-The-Above (NB) in the poll vote for Rajya Sabha but then discovered that The measures were taken during his government.
“You have raised frivolous problems at zero time and without notice” to interrupt and not receive answers, he said, but did not respond to the arguments of the opposition in the size notes.
Increasing the issue through a point of order, Kapil Sibal (Cong) said that different sizes of the new high denomination coin were printed – “one for the party in power (members) and one for the other” .
“We have now found out why the government took demonetization (old 500 and 1000 rupees in November last year),” he said.
Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad (Cong) said “this is the biggest scam of the century”.
While Minister of Law Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi replied, Azad said that two types of bills are printed.
“The government has no right to remain in power for five minutes,” he said.
Vice President PJ Kurien said, although there are two types of notes, it can not be a matter of order. “You raise the question in a different way.”
“This is a serious problem,” O’Brien said as he published two Rs 500 notes which, according to him, were different in size and design.
Prasad asked the members of the opposition to explain where they got the money from the entrances.
Sharad Yadav (JD-T) says that no country in the world had two notes of different sizes. “One of them is bigger, one is smaller,” he said. “I can give signed (copies of notes).”
Kurien said he was not an expert to examine the notes.
“You give your opinion separately.”
“I’m going to give the Minister of Finance,” O’Brien said.
Kurien said: “Give the Minister of Finance, I have no objection.”
Anand Sharma (Cong) said that the credibility of the currency in circulation has been questioned.
However, Kurien said that the problem can not be resumed on a point of order and that members should give a separate notice.