The Lok Sabha was adjourned till November 17 a few minutes after the commencement of Winter Session 2016 after giving obituaries to the former members who have passed away.
The Lok Sabha condoled the death of sitting MP from Cooch Behar Renuka Sinha. Sinha had died in August. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also condoled the death of five other former members: Arif Baig, P. Kannan, Harshvardhan, Jayawantiben Mehta, and Usha Verma. Mahajan also condoled the death of former Israeli president Shimon Peres who died on September 28, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on October 13 and Pramukh Swami Narayanswarupdas of the Swaminarayan Sanstha.
Just before the Winter Session started to commence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he hoped the session would have constructive debates and expected cooperation from all political parties on the same.
As the opposition parties are already fuming over government’s demonestisation move, it is expected that the Winter Session 2016 will be a stormy one as the Opposition is ready to counter the government over poor implementation of its demonetisation.
Noticing that the move initially received mixed reactions from different political parties, but later after reports of people facing a lot of inconvenience while exchanging or deposit the demonetised currency notes, several political leaders started hitting out at the government.
Here are the highlights from the Lok Sabha before it was adjourned for the day:
Our party is not against the demonetisation decision but the way it has been implemented: BSP Chief Mayawati
We are not going for this march to the President (which is to be lead by Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to protest against demonetisation): Majeed Memon, NCP.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) protests at Gandhi statue inside Parliament premises.
We hope for cooperation from all parties: PM Modi
The government has always been of the opinion to discuss on any issue: PM Modi
In the winter session, a very positive discussion will happen and on all issues with contribution of all parties: PM Modi
In last session an important bill like GST was passed, it was a big step. I had thanked all parties then: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in parliament for the winter session.