PM may attend Rajya Sabha today as note war rages on

His response came after Singh had castigated the government and the Prime Minister over demonetisation during Thursday's Rajya Sabha debate, saying its implementation was a "monumental management failure" and a case of "organised loot and legalised plunder".

A senior minister said that though Modi was present in the House, the Opposition did not agree to start the debate and instead raised the demand of having it by bringing adjournment motion which is nothing but a censure against the tainted money purging exercise.

"Whole opposition requested the Prime Minister to sit through the debate".

New Delhi:The Lok Sabha was adjourned for almost an hour soon after it met for the day as a determined opposition once again pitched for discussing the demonetisation issue under adjournment motion. "Prime Minister must apologise", he said as Congress and other opposition members trooped into the Well of the House, raising slogans like "Pradhan Mantri maafi mango (Prime Minister apologise)". BJD, TRS and YSR congress are ready for a debate under rule 193, which the government prefers as it does not entail voting.

Speaking to reporters in Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely said that government had taken the "right steps" to curb black money and corruption, "which are being implemented in the right manner".

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The Prime Minister shook hands and was seen chatting with Singh, as also Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.

Mr. Kurien tried to reason with members for resuming the debate on demonetisation but Opposition members shouted slogans, demanding an apology from Prime Minister.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been tweeting hard against PM Modi's demonetisation and was the first to hold a meeting at Delhi's Azad Market, along with Mamata Banerjee.

However, sources said that it was decided in the opposition parties' meeting that they would not attend any meeting until "Akrosh Diwas" on November 28.

A united Opposition thwarted the government bid to break the Parliament deadlock following the currency recall. When it met again at 2 pm, the Prime Minister was not there, prompting the opposition parties to demand his presence again as they wanted him to listen to all the speakers.

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"The PM said "some people" are upset as they didn't have time to hide their black money, why is Opposition taking offence", said BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

"Those who did not consider the generation of so much black money and scams during their regime as blunder are now finding the crusade against black money as blunder", Jaitley said.

She adjourned the House for the day as Opposition members including those from the Congress, TMC, Left and RJD continued with their protest and slogan-shouting.

Expressing anguish that the Opposition was not ready to help run the House, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for over 35 minutes till noon. "You (Speaker) should allow us the adjournment motion", he said.

"[The Prime Minister] levelled serious allegations on the entire Opposition".

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