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Opposition to demand PM Modi's apology for his barb post demonetization

A united Opposition in the Lok Sabha on Monday continued their protests against the government over the demonetisation issue, forcing adjournment of the proceedings for the day.

Even as he was speaking, Opposition members trooped into the Well and shouted slogans.

However, as home minister is today leaving for Havana to pay tributes to the departed Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, all-party meet is unlikely to be held immediately.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed top Cabinet ministers to host dinners for groups of 50 MPs each and explain to them the rationale behind the government's recent decision of demonetisation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks BJP MPs, MLAs to submit details of their bank transactions between November 8 and December 31 to BJP president Amit Shah.

Shouting of slogans resumes as Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan starts replying to a question on hallmarking of diamonds.

Since the Winter session of the Parliament, not much debate was seen in the Prliament on the issue due to repeated adjournments.

Amid the din, one question and related supplementaries were taken up during the Question Hour.

The Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, adjourned the House till 2 pm, the second such adjournment amid sloganeering by the Opposition criticising the implementation of note ban. "The Prime Minister and the government must answer".

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Justifying his decision, the Prime Minister had earlier on Friday in an event to mark Constitution Day said the people questioning his move were those who didn't get time to make any preparation. When he got exhausted of sloganeering, there was no one really interested to take up the job of disruption by slogan-shouting.

When the house met again at noon, the scene was no different. He is responsible for Bharat Bandh.

"Aakrosh (anger) is not against "Notebandi" but against Nakebandi (blockade) of black money", the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs tweeted.

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkiah Naidu took strong exception to the remarks by opposition members and urged the Chair to expunge them.

Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad criticised the government saying that no steps were taken to address the problems of the people following demonetisation.

Ansari, however, said the floor has already been given to Azad and if the government has a point it would be allowed later.

House adjourned till 2 p.m.

Seeking to break the deadlock, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had yesterday told the Lok Sabha that Prime Minister Modi would speak on demonetisation, but the opposition's demand for a debate with a provision for voting remained unimpressed, forcing another adjournment.

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