Opposition leaders will meet President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday to lodge their protest about the manner in which the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha Tuesday amid din. They will tell the President their rights were subverted when they were not allowed to move amendments and seek his intervention.
Before the winter session ends, they will also march to Rashtrapati Bhawan to protest against demonetisation, it was decided in the strategy meeting Wednesday. The date for the march is yet to be decided. The meeting was attended by JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav — who has told Opposition leaders that his party is yet to make up its mind on demonetisation while he himself is against the move — besides Congress, Trinamool, DMK, SP, BSP, NCP and JMM leaders.
“Tomorrow’s meeting with the President is to apprise him about the unconstitutional way in which the Bill was passed. Urgency cannot be an excuse to take away the rights of MPs to move amendments. We will ask him to take the matter up with the government in his own way,” said an MP.