Oppn huddles to chalk out joint fight against demonetisation

SansadTV Bureau


Opposition has begun chalking their strategy to take up the issue of demonetisation in Parliament as Winter session starts this Wednesday. 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. On Monday, Congress party leaders held a meeting with the leaders of seven other Opposition parties.

The meeting took place in the Parliament office of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad. Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, TMC leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Derek O’Brien, CPI (M) chief Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) Prem Chand Gupta (RJD), Sushil Kumar (JMM) and M Rajamohan Reddy of YSR Congress were present in the meeting.

Post their meeting, they told that severel other opposition parties are also against the government’s demonetisation decision and they may be participating in another meeting to be held on Tuesday.



People queue up inside a bank to exchange their old Rs 1000 and 500 notes in Allahabad on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

People queue up inside a bank to exchange their old Rs 1000 and 500 notes in Allahabad on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

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.

Earlier today, BSP supremo Mayawati flayed Modi government’s demonetisation move, calling it a “hollow cliam” against the Black Money. Dismissing the move as “anti-farmer”, she said the Prime Minister should have “made adequate preparations before scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.”

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also criticised the move. On sunday, he had asked the Centre to roll-back the policy as it is affecting the common man’s day-to-day life.

The development in the Opposition camp has come just ahead of an all-party meeting convened by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday. Top BJP leaders too will be holding a meeting on Monday.