The Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes this morning with the opposition accusing the government of issuing two types of 500 currency notes. Raising the issue during Zero Hour today, Kabil Sibal of the Congress said it is one of the biggest scams of the country.
He alleged that the government had resorted to demonetization so that new currency notes can be issued by RBI. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wanted to know on what rule the member has raised the issue. He also wanted to know the source from which the member got the currency notes.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said two types of 500 currency notes were issued to serve the purpose of the party and the government. Sharad Yadav of JD(U) displayed the photocopy of the notes and said one note is big and the other is small.
Leader of House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regretted that the country’s currency is being discussed during Zero Hour. He said it is the misuse of Zero Hour. He alleged that Congress is raising Points of Order every day.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked the opposition to give notices to discuss the issue. He said the matter should not have been raised under point of order. Not satisfied, Congress members trooped into the well raising slogans and the House was adjourned for 15 minutes till 1143.