Rajya Sabha disrupted over Rs 500 note controversy


"RBI prints two types of currency notes".

The upper of House of Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha today witnessed noisy scenes with the opposition accusing the government of issuing two types of 2000 and 500 currency notes.

However, the opposition continued to protest some members including Derek O'Brien (TMC) displayed the new 500 rupee notes issued after demonetisation to show the different sizes they were being printed. "You have been raisng frivolous issues everyday during the Zero Hour", Jaitley said.

"The RBI prints two types of currency notes". Janata Dal United leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party's Naresh Agrawal also supported the Congress on the issue. Kurien, however, asked leader to give a separate notice.

When Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi countered Azad, the Congress leader said, "Government has no right to remain in office for five minutes". But as soon as the house reconvened, slogan-shouting Congress members again trooped towards the podium. "You will get the answer", he said.

The opposition party, which disrupted proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over the issue forcing its adjournment, said the high denomination notes varied in terms of their size, design and other features.

The party also demanded a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as to why there were variations in features and sizes in the same series of notes. It added that the difference in size "jeopardizes" the credibility of India's currency and has "huge" global ramifications.

Outraged by the implementation of demonetisation by the Centre, Sibal said, "Today we have discovered why the government took the demonetisation decision". But Congress party's allegation that one type of notes were printed for BJP for elections objective and the other kind were printed for the government is something to be looked into deeper. "Therefore, where were the dyes of different sizes prepared for the goal of printing the currency notes, whether within or outside the country?"