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
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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.