Demonetisation logjam: Govt reaches out to Opposition, PM Modi likely to attend Rajya Sabha tomorrow

Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed the adjournment motion notices by opposition parties for a debate on demonetisation, amid huge uproar from opposition benches.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2016 7:22 pm
demonetisation, narendra modi, modi, pm, rajya sabha, Narendra Modi (left) with top cabinet ministers and opposition leaders (right) protesting in front of Parliament

As Parliament was adjourned for the sixth consecutive day following Opposition protest over demonetisation, Union minister Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Ananth Kumar on Wednesday reportedly held discussion with leaders of other parties to break the deadlock. Rajnath Singh will meet all party floor leaders tomorrow at 10 AM. According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend Rajya sabha on Thursday. Modi was in Lok Sabha on Wednesday and the government said it was ready to discuss demonetization.

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“Nothing has been achieved by holding up the Parliament proceedings. Everybody feels that there should be action against black money. The opposition parties apprehensions are about only implementation of demonetisation, we have been saying that we are ready to listen to their concerns. I have again requested them to start discussion where they can express their view points on this issue, which government will listen and consider,” Kumar said.

Kumar added that he has requested political parties to see the “writing on the wall” and start discussion on the issue. “I requested them that they can themselves see that public is in favour of this move. Rather than holding up the proceedings, it should be allowed to run smoothly,” he said.

According to sources, Kumar spoke to several leaders today, including Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge and TMC’s Sudeep Bandopadhyay besides some others.

Opposition parties have called for a countrywide protest on November 28 against the cash crunch faced by the public. Earlier on Wednesday morning, opposition party MPs gathered at Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside Parliament and marched together after linking their arms to form a human chain.

On the other hand, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed the adjournment motion notices by opposition parties for a debate on demonetisation, amid huge uproar from opposition benches. The pandemonium saw the house being adjourned for the day. Most opposition members demanded that the debate should take place under adjournment motion, even as Biju Janata Dal and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) said they have not given adjournment notices.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the opposition is ready for a debate, and accused the government of not wanting to debate on the demonetisation issue. “Prime Minister says outside that few people are supporting black money… They do not want a discussion here,” he said.

Responding to Opposition protest, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the nation is backing the demonetisation decision. “Let the discussion take place… people want the house to function and debate this issue. The whole nation is backing the Prime Minister on this decision,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a show of strength, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, backed by JD-U, SP, NCP and AAP, today held a demonstration against demonetisation in the national capital and ramped up attack on Narendra Modi, alleging the country was not safe in his hands.

Addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar, Banerjee alleged that abolition of high-value currency notes had heaped pain on people and snatched away democratic rights of almost every section of the society including farmers, youth, women, labourers and traders, besides halting the country’s economic growth.

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First Published on: November 23, 2016 5:56 pm
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    Man
    Nov 23, 2016 at 6:40 pm
    Do you have a business plan and it was rejected by m0di to give the SEZ project to Adani or whoever. When you were sleeping Adani was working hard to be a "taxable" billionaire. By the way how much tax you pay? Adani pays tax equal to your entire town earns in entire life time.
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      Indian
      Nov 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm
      Opposition need a face-saving to come to discuss in the parliament. Let them have it.
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        Tinku
        Nov 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm
        Tomorrow it is a direct fight between mayawati and modi. She must ask him about his promise of 15 lakhs. Lets c how chaiwala feku bhai answers that question.
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          Tinku
          Nov 23, 2016 at 2:57 pm
          so u r saying 15 lakhs promise was not a fake one? Modi did not fail to provide 15 lakhs within 100 days?
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            Dash
            Nov 23, 2016 at 12:43 pm
            Corrupt selfush leaders will get a bigger blw tomorrow. Modi's oratory will do the work tomorrow. These petty politicians can never understand Modi.
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              Dash
              Nov 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm
              Shame on our opposition. The more these Pappus,Khujlis,Bibi Bombtaas speak on demonetization,the more they get exposed. Khujli's political career is finished. Pappu and doulat ki beti corrupt Mayawati have lost slme thousands of crores. With chitfund money,commission from Malda fake currency racket gone, Bombtaa Bano has become a political beggar. The frustration of these corrupt leaders is visible.
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                bhakt
                Nov 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm
                PM stated that the the secret work towards demonetisation was on for the last 10 months which means, if not Dr. Raghuram Rajan surely Mr Urjit Patel would be in the know. This means, Urjit Patel was selected 10 months back for the post of RBI Governor which was also kept secret. A big year for Indian governmental secrets.
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                  bhakt
                  Nov 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                  Quite a bit of mess. Hopefully, the next dose viz. raids on the real estate element of black money in December 2016, will not be as bad for the 90% of people who are legit. Think before leap.
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                    arun dass
                    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm
                    TERA BAAP FEKU HOGA....BLOODY STANI
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                      Cecil Da Costa
                      Nov 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm
                      If Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu thinks receiving messages etc means Nation is backing the financial anarchy then what is the point in having a Parliament full of MPs and what is the need of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, best to go by populist measures, the issue is about the people having to stand in endless queues and not getting sufficent money to buy their daily needs.
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                        MIGHTY BOMBER
                        Nov 23, 2016 at 3:18 pm
                        वित्तमंत्री के हाल के दिए हुए वक्तव्यों से ऐसा लगता है जैसे वर्तमान सरकार बचत योजनाओं को बिल्कुल समाप्त करने की प्रक्रिया अपना रही है। जैसे कि वित्तमंत्री ने कहा कि विकसित देश केवल चार लाख करोड़ की नकदी ही रखते हैं, जबकि भारत में नकदी से होने वाले लेन देन करीब बारह लाख करोड़ के होते हैं। सबसे पहले प्रश्न यह उठता है कि क्या भारत विकसित देश है ? अगर नहीं तो विकसित देश से क्यों तुलना क्यों की गई। कुछ इसी तरह का तर्क कुछ वर्ष पूर्व कॉरपोरेट टैक्स की दर घटाते समय दिया गया था। अब सवाल यह उठता है कि सरकार को क्रेडिट कार्ड या डेबिट कार्ड से क्या फायदा होगा ? तो उसका जवाब यह है कि अगर बैंकिंग सिस्टम से नकदी बैंकों में आ जाती है और लेन देन क्रेडिट कार्ड या डेबिट कार्ड के माध्यम से होता है तो सरकार को मौका मिलेगा उद्योगपतियों को सस्ते लोन देने का। लेकिन साथ ही साथ बचत योजनाओं पर मिलने वाला ब्याज बिल्कुल न के बराबर होगा क्योंकि सरकार के पास उद्योगपतियों को लोन देने के लिए बेइंतहा पैसा होगा और उसे बचत योजनाओं को प्रोत्साहन देने की कोई ज़रूरत नहीं होगी। यहाँ यह जानना ज़रूरी है कि बचत योजनाओं से आने वाला पैसा ही उद्योगपतियों को लोन दिया जाता है , कोई बैंक लोन देने के लिए नोट नहीं छापता। तो कुल मिलाकर नुकसान साधारण जनता का ही होगा और उद्योगपति को फायदा ही फायदा मिलेगा। सरकार केवल उद्योगपतियों को फायदा पहुँचाने के लिए कैशलेस इकोनॉमी को प्रोत्साहन दे रही है। सरकार के demonetization का सबसे बड़ा खामियाजा साधारण निवेशकों को चुकाना पड़ रहा है। क्या सरकार केवल उद्योगपतियों के लिए है ? क्या कोई राजनीतिक पार्टी साधारण निवेशकों के फायदे की बात कर रही है ? नहीं ,हर राजनीतिक पार्टी केवल चुनाव जीतने के लिए मुद्दे उठा रही है। कैशलेस इकोनॉमी के कई नुक्सान भी हैं जिनका जिक्र फिर कभी।हिंदी में इसलिए ताकि साधारण लोग समझ सकें कि क्रेडिट कार्ड ,डेबिट कार्ड इकोनॉमी किसके लिए है। क्या प्रधानमंत्री या वित्तमंत्री बचत योजनओं के माध्यम से साधारण जनता को लाभ पहुँचाने की दिशा में कोई योजना लाएंगे ? जब प्रधानमंत्री या वित्तमंत्री सदन में जवाब देंगें तो यकीन मानिए उसमें भावात्मक अपील ज्यादा होगी और अच्छे भविष्य का विज़न होगा और कुछ नहीं।
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                          guru592006
                          Nov 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm
                          All the so called leaders are within their rights to question the govt. But, before going to the streets, they should declare through an oath, either he/she or his/her party does not have a single paise black money and not lost any Money due to demobilisation.
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                            guru592006
                            Nov 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                            Do you mean all the common man apart from two persons ambani and adani are standing in queues. As per last count only 7% of total potion stood in the queue. If you are having non cash options , you need not stand before bank at least for 30-40 days. Moreover , no body's bank account has been frozenlt;br/gt; You can transact through bank. I have not seen, Sonia, karunanudhu, Jayalalitha, lalu, mamta, arvind standing in queues.
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                              guru592006
                              Nov 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                              Not telling BJP us sane. But congress is the biggest corrupt in the country.
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                                jiban
                                Nov 23, 2016 at 12:39 pm
                                Demonitising will not curb black money generation. The ones with black money might have lost their black money. What about the new notes. I am sure that has already started.lt;br/gt;How many people have been caught ?
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                                  jaya
                                  Nov 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                                  Do you think modi and Jetley are not same as Mamta? you are dreaming
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                                    jaya
                                    Nov 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                                    Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley reach out to Opposition to break deadlock this means there will be insider trade off between opposition and government secretly changing the notes for new Neta clan, Chor chor mosere bhai. Problem for public only.
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                                      Shridhar Shettigar
                                      Nov 23, 2016 at 5:50 pm
                                      Have you ever heard about Adani ?? As regards to the question of how he became billionaire Pl find out who gave him the land for Mundra SEZ and at what price and also what price he managed to sell them..??
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                                        manian
                                        Nov 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm
                                        These days politicians of all hues stand everyday below Mahatma hi's statue in front of parliament.hi must be turning in his grave to see all of themMamta is running her show of street politics very well.
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                                          Adeeb
                                          Nov 24, 2016 at 3:41 am
                                          I agree with you brother , that above mentioned name have not stood in the line.But why to name only those , All the politicians even the members of ruling party are not standing in the queue.The persons standing are either middel cl people or poor people.
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                                            Mahender Goriganti
                                            Nov 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
                                            Is Ghulam Ali Azad Bhai still alive?? I haven't heard him since his heart attack in Parliament.
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