Opposition creates uproar over dual currency printing by RBI, calls it ‘biggest scam of the century’

Opposition uproar at the Rajya Sabha over the printing of newly introduced notes post demonetization led to frequent adjournments of the Upper House today. Opposition party Congress, with support from Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Janata Dal (United) created ruckus in the House displaying two kinds of Rs 500 ad Rs 2,000 notes printed by the Reserve Bank of India. And as the Opposition kept calling it the ‘biggest scam of the century’, the Rajya Sabha witnessed four adjournments within its first hour of proceedings.

Even as the Congress leaders kept shouting out slogans, while trooping into the well, Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Opposition is raising ‘frivolous’ issues without prior notice, to stall the proceedings of the crucial Zero Hour.

And amid heated uproar at the Upper House, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav displayed enlarged copies of differently sized Rs 500 notes. Though JD(U) recently allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form the government in Bihar, with Nitish Kumar as the Chief Minister of the state, Sharad Yadav was reportedly uneasy with the alliance.

Even as the treasury benches kept countering his contention, Yadav said he can provide signed copies of the notes. Stressing more on the issue, which was earlier raised by senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, Yadav stated that no country in the world has currency notes of different sizes.  Raising the issue, Kapil Sibal earlier pointed out that there are two different sizes of the currency notes of a similar denomination. He further claimed that one type of notes was printed for the ruling party members and one for others.

As reported by The Hindustan Times, Sibal was quoted saying, “We have today discovered the reason why the government did demonetization (of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in November last year).”

To add more to it, TMC’s Derek O’Brien also showed new notes issued post demonetization to display the difference in size. However, FM Jaitley claimed that there is no provision that anyone could “flash any paper and say it is point of order”.

After repeated adjournments amid heated sloganeering and uproar by the Opposition, the Rajya Sabha was finally adjourned for the day without any proceedings of its scheduled business.

By Priyam Mukhopadhyay

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