Deadlock continues between Opp-Govt over demonetisation

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: Opposition leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Yadav and others with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh after at an all party meeting on Kashmir situation, at Parliament in New Delhi, August 12, 2016. Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: File photo of Opposition leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Yadav and others with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Parliament in New Delhi. Photo – PTI

The impasse between government and the Opposition over the issue of demonetisation continues with the latter holding another round of strategy meeting on Thursday just ahead of the Parliament proceedings. Just yesterday, a united opposition had held a protest against demonetisation at the Gandhi statue in Parliament complex.

There were reports of government reaching out to the Opposition with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh calling the meet, but the government told no “formal” request was made from the either side.

“We’ll first meet opposition and then decide whether we’ll go to meeting called by Hone Minister or not. Let the Prime Minister or Speaker call for meet,” Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told.

The Opposition camp, meanwhile, held a meeting in the morning called by leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad which was attended by leaders of other opposition parties in Rajya Sabha – TMC, Left, JD (U), BSP, SP among others.

The government too called a meeting of its top ministers over the continuing impasse in both the houses.

Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been witnessing a massive opposition protest over the issue, which has led to repeated adjournments in the current Winter session of Parliament.

The Opposition in both the houses has been demanding Prime Minister’s intervention on the issue. In Lok Sabha, Opposition is also demanding discussion under Rule 56, the provision which entails voting after the discussion.

The government’s move to demonetise higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 has met with opposition protest, who have dubbed the move as anti-people.

A united Opposition which held a protest at Parliament on Wednesday has given a call of nation-wide protest on November 28.