New Delhi, Dec 16, 2016: As the Winter session of Parliament failed to conduct any business, Opposition parties led by Congress is set to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday to apprise him of how they were not being allowed to speak in the House.
At a meeting of Opposition held in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, representatives of various parties decided to raise with the President the problems of common man arising out of notes ban, not allowing them to speak in Parliament and a demand to wave of the loans of farmers.
Opposition leaders said they will meet the President at 12.30 PM, and before that they will assemble near the Gandhi statue in Parliament.
The grouping would include about 200 MPs from all 16 Opposition parties who have come together to oppose the government’s demonetisation move. The MPs would be led by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
The MPs belong to the Congress, Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, JD(U), CPI, CPI-M, NCP, DMK and AIUDF. The President had last week criticised the Opposition for not letting the House function.
All parties decided that while Azad will raise the issue in Rajya Sabha, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge would raise the issue in Lok Sabha.
Azad also gave an adjournment notice under Rule 267 for allowing a discussion on hardships faced by farmers due to demonetisation.
Opposition leaders have been meeting every morning to decide on a united strategy in Parliament during the Winter Session, which has been a total washout.