Parliament Winter Session LIVE: Oppn slams demonetisation, calls Modi Tughlaq, Marie Antoinette

The Modi government's decision to scrap Rs 1,000 and 500 notes has not gone down well with the opposition.

The winter session of Parliament began on a stormy note with the Congress cornering the Modi government over the demonetisation move. Although PM Modi expressed hope that a healthy discussion would take place, the opposition seems to be unmoved. Catch all the LIVE updates here.

05:43 pm: No civilised nation has taken such a decision. The leaders who did so are Gaddafi, Mussolini, Hitler and now PM Modi is the fourth one: Pramod Tiwari, Congress MP.

03:07 pm: CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury addresses Rajya Sabha on demonetisation issue.

The note ban has affected rural India as farmers don’t use plastic money. Only 6 per cent of the black money is in cash. And, many Indians still use cash for transactions. No one accepted my Rs 2,000 note. If you stop Rs 500/1000 notes, do you think corruption will stop? Now corruption will double with Rs 2000 notes. Now we have Modi Antoinette, “If you don’t have paper, use plastic”; what is the coverage of your plastic money?

02:00 pm: Mamata-led delegation submits memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee.

This march is for the common man. This decision is akin to the one issued by Mohammad bin Tughlaq. It is hurting the economy of this country. What will the people do now? Our future is on fragile grounds. We have requested the President to speak to the government and decide on this issue for bringing normalcy to the country.

01:15 pm: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee leads opposition march to Rashtrapati Bhawan against the Modi government’s demonetisation move. BJP’s NDA ally Shiv Sena too joins in.

12:51 pm: The cash ban has severely affected the common man: Samajwadi Party MP Ramgopal Yadav

12:32 pm: The entire nation is supporting the Modi government’s demonetisation move: Piyush Goyal

12:28 pm: We never named demonetisation a surgical strike. If you believe so, then it is a good thing: Goyal to Rajya Sabha.

12:19 pm: For the first time, honest people have been accorded respect and insult has been meted out to the corrupt: Piyush Goyal, MoS, Power.

12:14 pm: BJP leaders attend Janardhan Reddy’s daughter’s wedding and talk about black money. Why don’t you arrest him?: Sharma.

12:00 pm: PM, please explain who wants to kill you: Sharma

11:48 am: The government has a list of those people who have their accounts in Swiss banks. The PM must reveal who all are in the list: Anand Sharma

11:34 am: Several farmers have been left unemployed and are standing in queues: Anand Sharma.

11:32 am: “86% of the currency in the markets was 500/1000 notes, was scrapped by just one announcement. Was it all black?” Congress MP Anand Sharma to Rajya Sabha.

11:10 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after obituaries references.

11:01 am: Parliament session begins.

10:45 am: Trinamool Congress MPs wearing black shawls protest against the Modi government in Parliament premises.