Bhopal, Dec 5: The demonetisation issue echoed in Madhya Pradesh Assembly on opening day of the Winter session today when a leader of opposition Congress condoled the deaths of people in queues at banks and ATMs, after Speaker made obituary references to leaders who passed away recently.
As the five-day session began today, Speaker Sitasharan Sharma and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan mourned the death of Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare, three former Governors and others as listed in the business of the House.
However, acting Leader of Opposition in the House Bala Bachchan also condoled the deaths of people who lost their lives in the queues at the banks.
"I pay my respect to the people who lost their lives standing in the long queues of the banks and the banks staffers following demonetisation," Bachchan said.
He also paid homage to Bhopal jail head constable Ramashanker Yadav, who was allegedly killed by SIMI activists before they escaped from the prison on the intervening night of October 30-31
The eight SIMI activists were later killed in an alleged encounter with police here. The victims of demonetisation and the name of Bhopal jail head constable Yadav were not mentioned in the listed business of the House. Meanwhile, the Assembly condoled the deaths of Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare
, MP's former Governors Ram Naresh Yadav, Mohammad Shafi Qureshi and Bhai Mahavir, its former members Vidhyadhar Joshi, Lalta Prasad Khare, Rao Deshraj Singh Yadav, Sevaram Gupta and former Union Ministers Arif Baig, Jaywantiben Mehta, MGK Menon and the victims of the Indore-Patna train derailment which occurred near Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur on November 20.
The House later observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls after which the Speaker adjourned it till tomorrow.