New Delhi: The Upper House (Rajya Sabha) of the Parliament at the first day of Winter Session on Wednesday discussed the demonetisation issue. Congress senior minister Anand Sharma and Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) chief Mayawati hit out at the government for suddenly taking this decision and causing inconvenience to the masses. 
Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said: “We have received notices for discussion on demonetisation. We can have the discussion till 6 p.m.”
Kurien also conceded to the demands from the members to continue the discussions on Thursday.
Here are some of the highlights of Rajya Sabha’s Winter Session:   

* A message has been sent to the world that Indian economy runs on black money: Anand Sharma

“Poori duniya mein ek sandesh gaya ki Hindustan ki economy kaale dhan pe chalti hai,” Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha

* Farmers are waiting in queues and the condition of workers in the farming sector is deteriorating: Anand Sharma

“Tamam khet mazdoor aaj bekar ho gaye, kisaan aaj kataar mein khada hai,” Anand Sharma 

* Which law has given the right to put a bar on withdrawing money from our own accounts?

“Kis kanoon ne aapko adhikaar diya hai ki hume apne account se paisa nikalne pe bhi paabandi laga rahe hain?” Anand Sharma.

* Government has the list of those holding black money in Swiss Banks; we demand that the PM must tell who all are there on the list: Anand Sharma

* An atmosphere has been created by the government where questioning the government has become the parameter to decide one’s nationalism: Anand Sharma

* I condemn PM’s statement in Goa for mocking the people who are standing in queues; he must apologise: Anand Sharma

* BJP leaders go to wedding functions of Janardhan Reddy and they talk about fighting black money, why don’t you arrest him? 

* It’s a sensitive issue, we want the PM to come to the Rajya Sabha and take part in this discussion: Mayawati
* I have been observing Jaitley ji in the Rajya Sabha and have noticed he does look very ‘dukhi’: Mayawati 
It all started after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on Tuesday (November 8) announced that in order to put a menace and crackdown on black money, the government will demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and they will be replaced by new Rs 500 and Rs 2,0000 notes which will be available in the ATMs from November 11.
However, PM also said that there was no need to panic as people will be able to deposit or exchange banned notes through Banks, Post Offices between November 10 and December 30.
But after the move by the government, people are standing in long queues waiting outside banks, ATMs, Post Offices to deposit, exchange the demonetised currency and facing inconvenience due to shortage of supply of the new currency.