New Delhi, Dec 16, 2016: Opposition parties led by Congress on Friday met President Pranab Mukherjee to apprise him of problems caused by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes to the common man, and also informed him about “not being” allowed to speak in Parliament.
Addressing a media outside the Rashtrapati Bhawan, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, ”The government failed completely in running the proceedings in the Parliament. Due to the government’s attitude, the House couldn’t function.”
”Leaders from Opposition parties also gave a memorandum to President. We told President that we wanted a discussion on demonetisation in Parliament and on problems faced by farmers, small traders and the common man,” Kharge added.
We sincerely wanted to discuss demonetisation in Parliament and even gave several notices but government wasn’t interested in it, Kharge added.
After him, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said on his turn that “Farmers do not have money for seeds, small traders are facing the cash crunch. We apprised the President of the woes of the common man triggered by the demonetisation move.”
We will continue to oppose the government’s anti-people policies and initiatives in the days to come too, warned TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay a.
Besides Kharge, prominent among those who met the President were – Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sharad Yadav of Janata Dal-United, Rahul Gandhi, Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TMC. However, the Left parties skipped the meeting.