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. Claiming the two different types of currency notes have been printed, consisting of different sizes and designs, the party asked the government to reveal where it was printed.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has tweeted a series of pictures of the Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes showing discrepancies in the size of the notes and placement of several symbols and letters like the Ashoka pillar emblem, the words Mahatma Gandhi and the latent image of the denominational numeral among others.
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad slammed government over two kinds of 500-rupee notes. Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wanted to know on what rule the member has raised the issue. "These are of different size and different design... how is it possible?"
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned following the incident.
Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien subsequently adjourned the house till 2.30 p.m. Not satisfied, Congress members trooped into the well raising slogans and the House was adjourned for 15 minutes till 1143.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that if the members want a discussion, they can give a notice.
The Congress party has levelled a serious allegation against the BJP-led NDA government by saying that the RBI printed two different kinds of currency notes after demonetisation.
In a statement, the party said the objectives of demonetisation mentioned by the Prime Minister have not been achieved.
"Different printing presses might have a slight variation in size and design".
It added, "It is important to note that these notes are not counterfeit since they are all printed under the aegis of RBI and/or the Ministry of Finance, incorporating most of the security features published on the official website of RBI".