Congress holds its brainstorming session for Winter session

RSTV Bureau
FILE: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi with former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh.  Photo - PTI

FILE: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi with former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Photo – PTI

Following its parleys with other parties in the opposition camp, Congress party today held internal brainstorming over how to take up the issue of demonetisation in the Parliament session starting Wednesday. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul Gandhi met the select leaders at 10 Janpath to discuss the subject along with issues to be raised in the winter session.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, along with top party leaders AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Gulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, Jairam Ramesh and Satyavrat Chaturvedi attended the meeting.

On Monday, Congress party had held a meeting with the leaders of seven other Opposition parties – TMC, CPI (M), CPI, JD(U), RJD, JMM and YSR Congress. Another round of meeting with the opposition parties is slated to be held today evening.

According to the reports, top Congress party leaders were of the view that implementation of demonetisation move along with its alleged leakage to BJP should be questioned in both houses of Parliament.

People wait in a long queue to exchange their old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes outside Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

People wait in a long queue to exchange their old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes outside Reserve Bank of India in New Delhi on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

Attacking the Centre, the principal opposition party has alleged that prior information of demonetisation was given by the Prime Minister to his own party leaders and termed it as a “scam”.

Congress has already given notices for adjournment, short duration discussions and calling attention motion on various issues including demonetisation, surgical strikes and government’s policy towards Pakistan, a senior party leader.

Among other issues on which Congress has sought discussion are OROP, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and plight of farmers, besides proposed merger of Railway and Union budgets.

The government move to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, announced last week, has led to a massive public rush in banks and ATM machines. As public grapples with inconvenience and shortage of cash, Opposition is looking to put up a united front on the floor of the Parliament.

The move was chalked out on Sunday with West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee calling up Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to discuss the idea of a united fight against the government.

Overcoming ideological differences, Mamata Banerjee even dialled bête noire CPI (M) to join the fight, given the latter’s stated position against the BJP-led NDA government’s economic policies. Leaders of other opposition parties were reached out too.

(With inputs from the PTI)