New Delhi, Nov 16, 2016: The stage is all set to begin the Winter session of the Parliament which is going to continue till December 16. The focus of the last session was GST and this session is expected to face the ruckus on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, which attracted a lot of agony and criticism from the opposition.
With the dissatisfaction, the opposition led by Trinamool Congress (TMC) has not only started a serious exercise to unite all parties to petition the president, it has also submitted a notice to the Upper House of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, asking for suspension of all business to discuss the demonetisation, which it wants to be revoked.
The Congress too has reached out to other political parties to jointly plan a strategy to task for mismanaging the partial demonetization of currency.
An all-party meeting, which was also attended by Prime Minister, saw him seek the opposition’s cooperation for demonetisation exercise aimed at tackling black money, counterfeit currency notes and terror funding, but his unrelenting rivals picked holes in it and accused him of not adhering to the principle of confidentiality and leaking information about the impending action.
Meanwhile, deputy leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma has already given a notice for the suspension of business under rule 267 of the Rajya Sabha for a discussion on the same issue. On the other hand, leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad has given a notice under rule 267 for discussion on the issue of Kashmir unrest.
However, to discuss how the BJP and the ruling NDA is going to tackle the opposition’s united attack, top BJP leaders – members of the BJP parliamentary executive unit meet on Monday to formulate their strategy.
While on Monday, the Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan chaired an all-party meeting to discuss out differences between the opposition and the government to ensure a peaceful session.
At the end of the meeting, Mahajan said that all political parties demanded a discussion on demonetization and the continuing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.