The opposition parties on Thursday called for a nationwide strike (Bharat Bandh) on November 28 against the demonetisation drive by the Modi government. Earlier in the day, a united opposition attacked the Centre in Parliament over poor implementation of demonetisation. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh led the opposition attack on government in Rajya Sabha, terming demonetisation a “monumental management failure” which would lead to dip in GDP growth by at least 2 per cent.
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Speaking during the debate on demonetisation which was briefly resumed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House, Singh said he agreed with the objectives of the scheme to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 as spelt out by the Prime Minister but he wished to highlight the problems that the common people and poor have been subjected to by the move.
The debate was taken up by suspending the Question Hour as both the opposition and the ruling side concurred as Modi was present in the House. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad urged Chairman Hamid Ansari and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley that the Question Hour should not be taken up and the demonetisation debate, which was initiated on November 16, should be resumed as Modi was present.
Some other Opposition leaders like TMC’s Derek O’Brien and BSP chief Mayawati also took the government to task on the issue.
(With inputs from PTI)