Opp unity marred with division over Mamata’s slated meeting with President

SansadTV Bureau


For the second successive day, Opposition ranks assembled to chalk out the strategy over taking on the government on demonetisation move. While, West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee landed in Delhi to give a push at her party’s slated meeting with the President, other opposition parties ruled out the “need” to meet the latter at this stage.

“Opposition parties decided unanimously that there is no need to rush to the President on demonetisation on 1st day of Parliament session tomorrow,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said after opposition camp’s meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, opposition parties will meet again on Wednesday, the first day of Winter session, to chalk out its strategy further.

“All opposition parties to meet again tomorrow to chalk out further strategy on demonetisation,” senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav told the press after meeting.

File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

Earlier in the day, before leaving for New Delhi, Mamata Banerjee stressed firm that she would meet President Pranab Mukherjee on the issue irrespective of whether other parties join her or not.

“Tomorrow I am meeting the President on demonetisation issue. I will be meeting him with 40 of my MPs. I have spoken to various political parties. I have spoken to Rahul Gandhi, Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal,” she said.

“If they want to join me, it is good. If not, then I will go alone with my MPs. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah is likely to join me,” she added.

She also came down heavily on the Centre accusing its move of demonetisation of turning the people of the country into “beggars”.

“There are thousands of areas where there are no proper banking or post office facilities. What will the people there do? The people of this country have been turned into beggars due to demonetisation move,” Mamata Banerjee claimed.

On the issue of other opposition parties not on board over meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on the first day of the session, she said, “It is their choice. You need to call the doctor before the patient is dead. There is no use of calling a doctor after a patient expired. You need to meet the President right now. I want all political parties to meet the President”.

Mamata Banerjee has been pivotal in gathering the Opposition ranks against government’s demonetisation move. Overcoming ideological differences, Mamata Banerjee even dialled bête noire CPI (M) to join her fight.