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Black Money Issue: ‘Not a Matter of National Importance,’ Says Speaker

After the winter session parliament was adjourned due to the “hungama” created by the opposition parties regarding the black money issue on Tuesday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday said that the issue would not be treated as a matter of national importance and will be allowed to discuss later.

The speaker said that the issue was going on for the last two years and due to the same reason the question hour won’t be suspended. However, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge reportedly responded, "You cannot say the issue is old and two or three years old. If the PM promised to bring back money in 100 days and he has not it is an important issue. The government must respond."

The parliament has adjourned on Tuesday for 40 minutes as the opposition brought in the issue of black money, asking the government to fulfill its promise of bringing it back from abroad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his hope of having a fruitful and result-oriented winter session on Monday whereas soon after the session began today, there were protests and uproars. Trinamool Congress, which is supported by Janata Dal (United) and the Samajwadi Party MPs, protested holding black umbrellas with slogans like ‘bring back black money’ painted on them.

The members of these parties have demanded a suspension of the Question Hour to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, which was denied by her. However, the speaker has warned the protestors and asked them not to use such ways to express their protest. After, the speaker has adjourned the session for 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, when the session was likely to be conducted on Monday, leaders from different parties have come forward mentioning the session will not be “fruitful.” Janata Dal (United) lawmaker KC Tyagi had said on Monday that "This session will witness a lot of hungama.” Extending his support to parties such as Trinamool, CPM and others, he has said that along with those parties, they will oppose the Insurance Bill.

Amid, Tyagi said today that they support TMC in the issue regarding black money. He said, "This protest is regarding getting black money back, we are with the TMC in this."

On Monday, Modi has said, "It was because of the positive role by the opposition that good work (in parliament) could be done in the last session." He has said that the people have given the responsibility to run the government but those who sit in parliament have been tasked with running the country. He has also expressed his hope, saying, “I hope the session of parliament is fruitful and result-oriented."

The protestors included Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav as well as JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav. Meanwhile, as per reports, joining the oppositions, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said, "The PM had said that he will get black MONEY back in 100 days and distribute that money to the less fortunate. It’s been over 100 days now."

However, it was planned by the opposition to bring in the issue of black money issue before the session began. Another matter which the government may get questioned will be regarding the Insurance Bill.

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