New Delhi, Nov 22: The government was attacked vociferously in Parliament by a united Opposition on Monday over the demonetisation. The scheduled business of the day was once again affected after repeated adjournment as opposition leaders protested at the Well of the Parliament. Protests by opposition led to four adjournments in the pre-noon session in the Rajya Sabha, while Lok Sabha was adjourned twice the pre-noon session. Sessions in both the Houses began after paying condolences to the people who died in Sunday’s unfortunate train accident near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
Congress today met opposition parties in Parliament to plan their strategy before the session begins. Meanwhile AAP, led by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, on Monday said that they will take out a protest march to the Parliament today along with other ministers of the Delhi government. AAP had announced it will gherao Parliament on Tuesday.
The opposition, including the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) protested calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “chor” (thief) in both the Houses, resulting in repeated adjournments. (ALSO READ: AAP to march to Parliament tomorrow to protest demonetisation)
Th Congress and CPI-M also demanded obituary reference for the people who have died in bank queues to either withdraw money from ATM or exchange notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. They also demanded the presence of Prime Minister Modi in the House for debate on demonetisation.
To unitedly mount pressure on the government over demonetisation, the Congress on Monday held a meeting with other like minded parties, before the session began. AAP had announced it will gherao Parliament on Tuesday.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) members on Monday protested outside Parliament over issues faced by people over demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Earlier, TMC head and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met President Pranab Mukherjee along with leaders of National Conference and a few other opposition parties seeking the withdrawal of the demonetisation implemnted by Modi. (ALSO READ: PM Narendra Modi has time to address rock concert, not Parliament: Congress)
Attacking Modi, Congress on Monday said that the Prime Minister has time address a rock concert, but not Parliament where the opposition has been demanding his response. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets said that Modi was absconding from Parliament and refuses to face the House despite the multiple demands from Rajya Sabha demanding reply from him. While, the government on Friday accused the opposition parties of shying away from a debate, saying the public opinion is against them. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar attacked the Opposition after both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day following protests. Naidu also said that Congress does not want Parliament to function.