New Delhi, Nov 24, 2016: As opposition parties are standing unitedly to fight against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move, the government on Wednesday reached out to rivals, seeking a debate to end the impasse in Parliament where protests have washed out proceedings from last 6 days.
Opposition floor leaders, however, gave no immediate commitment and said they would take a call Thursday.
According to sources, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar spoke to Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad and leaders of the CPM, Trinamool Congress, BSP and Samajwadi Party and invited them for a meeting to be headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in an attempt to end the deadlock.
Sources also added that Azad told the government that the Congress cannot take a decision on its own and will consult the other Opposition parties Thursday morning on the government proposal for a meeting.
The move came on a day which saw 14 Opposition parties staging a joint protest on the premises of Parliament House. Opposition parties have called for a nationwide protest, Jan Aakrosh Diwas, on November 28 against what they called the government’s adverse implementation of its demonetisation move.
On Wednesday, the opposition launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister in Rajya Sabha over the demonetisation move and sought an “apology” for “insulting” the Upper House through his continued absence. The opposition leaders also castigated Modi for replying to the criticism of his demonetisation decision outside Parliament when the Winter Session is on.