“I feel like resigning,” says exasperated Advani in LS

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“I feel like resigning,” says exasperated Advani in LS

I feel like resigning

A veteran of the BJP, L K Advani, pointed out to Lok Sabha on the penultimate day of the winter session of Parliament today, exasperated at his virtual exhaustion on the issue of the note ban issue.

The veteran parliamentarian gave vent to his pain and anxiety shortly after President Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for the day amid trading of charges between the government and the opposition on the proper functioning procedures.

Remaining seated in his front seat, Advani first told his feelings to the Union Minister Smriti Irani, who in turn drew the attention of Interior Minister Rajnath Singh standing nearby.

Singh appeared to give a patient audience to the veteran leader, but was seen barely reacting. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar, who previously targeted the opposition on the disturbances, then left the House.

Advani was told to tell the Minister of the Interior to convey to the President that he should ensure that the House will come forward tomorrow to discuss the prohibition of notes.

“If this does not happen and Parliament is adjourned sine die without debate (on demonetization), it will be considered a washout,” he told Idris Ali (TMC) and two other BJP MPs, Including Nana Patole.

He was heard remarking that even today, discussions should be held with the opposition, especially Congress, to ensure a smooth debate tomorrow.

Advani insisted that the discussion be held under any rule and no one should see it as a “victory or defeat” for its part, suggesting whether Parliament is adjourned sine die without debate, it will be a defeat of Parliament .

The head of Congress at Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was seen telling a Lok Sabha official that the way the House was adjourned gave only the government version and that the opposition was left high and dry.

“We feel like hanging ourselves at Vijay Chowk,” he was heard remarking.