Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on Friday met President Pranab Mukherjee against the backdrop of continuing chaos and Opposition 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 the two.
It is believed that the Prime Minister briefed President 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 government faced protest both within and outside the Parliament. While both the houses continue to witness storm owing to protest by the Opposition parties – Congress, TMC, Left and others. The principal opposition party had pitched protest at Raisina road on Friday afternoon.
On Thursday, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party too held protest in Delhi. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal had flayed the policy as the one harming interest of common man.
Meanwhile, the issue has also led to escalation of tiff between the ruling BJP and Congress party as the former demanded leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s apology over his remarks where he blamed the government move for public apathy.
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 issue also echoed in the Supreme Court which is hearing litigations against the demoentisation of higher denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. The apex court on Friday refused to accept Centre’s contention where it sought to stop high courts from entertaining any petition challenging the 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”.
(With inputs from the PTI)