The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned for the day shortly after noon following uproar by the opposition on demonetisation despite the government agreeing to discuss the issue.
Soon after the house met, TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay raised the issue of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s aircraft not being allowed to land at Kolkata airport despite technical glitches on Wednesday night.
He said the aircraft had circled overhead for about 30 minutes and alleged that the Air Traffic Control delayed giving the green signal to land despite the pilot pointing out that the plane was running out of fuel.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, however, refuted the claim, saying the flight hovered only 13 minutes before landing at Kolkata airport.
Raju also said that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
Soon after, the opposition, led by Congress and TMC, trooped near the Speaker’s podium demanding discussion over demonetisation as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to conduct the Question Hour despite the din.
The opposition members continued with their tirade against the government forcing Mahajan to adjourn the House till noon.
When the House reassembled, Mahajan disallowed all notices of adjournment motion on different issues.
Congress party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, supported by Bandopadhyay, demanded discussion under any rule which entails voting.
To this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar said the government was ready to discuss the matter and Mahajan also urged the members to begin the discussion keeping aside the rules.
However, the opposition members did not relent and, amid the din, Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.