Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day as Modi stays away

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was on Thursday adjourned for the day amidst ruckus over demonetisation by the opposition at around 3.00 p.m., shortly after the house met after another adjournment in the post-lunch session.

As the house re-assembled post-lunch at 2.00 p.m., the opposition demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's continued presence in the house. Modi had come to the house at 12.00 noon and sat for an hour. However, he did not return after the lunch break.

Amidst ruckus by the opposition, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, who was in the chair, adjourned the house until 3.00 p.m.

As the house met at 3.00 p.m., the opposition persisted with its demand for Modi's presence in the house during the discussion on demonetisation.

The government accused the opposition of running away from discussion.

As the opposition members trooped to the well of the house, raising slogans against Modi, the chair adjourned the house for the day.