Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called on President Pranab Mukherjee against the backdrop of continuing chaos and criticism over the demonetisation exercise undertaken by his government.
The meeting lasted for 45 minutes, Rashtrapati Bhavan officials said without divulging the issues that were discussed between them. However, the Prime Minister was believed to have briefed Mukherjee on the developments that have taken place in the aftermath of the launch of the demonetisation drive.
The meeting came on a day when proceedings in Parliament were washed out for the second consecutive day, with the ruling side causing pandemonium in Rajya Sabha over certain remarks by Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and opposition creating ruckus over demonetisation in Lok Sabha.
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No business could be transacted in either the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha due to the uproar and both the Houses had to be adjourned for the day prematurely.
The day also saw anxious moments for the government in the Supreme Court when it refused stop high courts from entertaining any petition challenging the Centre’s November 8 demonetisation notification.
While fixing November 25 as the next date of hearing, the Supreme Court observed that people are seriously affected and doors of courts cannot be shut in a situation which “may lead to riots”.