Parliament Winter Session begins today: Oppn sees red in black & white

House should send signal, says PM Modi; Rahul says don’t reverse, comfort those in line; Sena breaks ranks to join Mamata.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 6:05 pm
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As his government braced for a stormy start Wednesday to the winter session of Parliament over its demonetisation decision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday urged all parties to work together to change the negative perception of people about politicians. But the Opposition, despite differences in the ranks, put up a united front, calling the demonetisation of higher denomination notes a “currency scam” that needed to be probed.

On the Opposition table for Day 1 of the month-long session were a range of options — a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan to seek the President’s intervention, building consensus for a probe by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC), or simply cornering the government in the House over its decision.

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Ally Shiv Sena also dealt the ruling BJP a blow when it announced it would join the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, to be led by West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee, because the hardship caused to the public by “demonetisation is not a party matter… the country is in a state of financial anarchy”.

Aware of the build-up in the Opposition camps, Prime Minister Modi, who has already said he intends to push ahead with his drive to weed out black money, told floor leaders of parties in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha: “Parliament is the right forum to send out a positive message about politicians by addressing issues appropriately. Politicians are accused of several things and it is time we send out a positive message to the people.”

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi set the tone for his party when he told reporters in Mumbai: “This move by the Modi government will turn out to be a big scam. BJP workers were seen holding bundles of new Rs 2,000 notes, as seen from images on the Internet, before Modi announced this decision.”

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Claiming “I don’t think even Finance Minister knew about the demonetisation announcement”, Rahul said: “The Prime Minister took the decision without thinking. We don’t want to reverse it, but at least resolve the difficulties people are facing.”

Earlier in the day, top Congress leaders met at Sonia Gandhi’s 10, Janpath residence to chalk out the party’s strategy in Parliament.

Leaders of 12 Opposition parties, who attended a meeting convened by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, were agreeable to the idea of a JPC probe but decided to first raise the demonetisation issue in Parliament.

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Congress leaders had proposed the idea of a JPC at the meeting of Opposition parties on Monday as well, but there were not many takers. Azad broached the matter again Tuesday and leaders like Sharad Yadav seemed open to the idea.

“We don’t want to let the issue die down that easily. If the government agrees to a debate, then we cannot just discuss and forget. We have to have a Plan B. We haven’t taken a decision but we are agreeable to the JPC idea,” a senior Opposition leader told The Indian Express.

The meeting was attended by Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and Anand Sharma, JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, Mohammed Salim and P Karunakaran, NCP’s Tariq Anwar, RJD’s Prem Chand Gupta and Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav, CPI’s D Raja, TMC’s Nadimul Haque, SP’s Dharmendra Yadav, BSP’s Satish Chandra Misra, DMK’s Kanimozhi, JMM’s Sanjeev Kumar and RSP’s N K Premachandran.

The TMC informed the Opposition leaders about Mamata Banerjee’s plan to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, but the others said while they were not opposed to the idea, they would like to raise the issue first in Parliament.

Sources said the Prime Minister, while speaking at the all-party meeting, indicated that the government may agree to a discussion.

A statement from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs quoted the Prime Minister saying it is time the issues of state funding of elections and holding simultaneous elections in the country are discussed. “Since all parties are concerned about the consequences of unaccounted money on the economy, let this issue be discussed in detail along with other issues of concern…,” he said.

The BJP was jolted when Shiv Sena said it would join the TMC march Wednesday. Speaking to The Indian Express, Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena parliamentary party leader, said: “Our members of Parliament will join the march. Uddhavji (party president Uddhav Thackeray) stated at a meeting of party MPs and senior leaders today that demonetisation is not a party matter. Nor is it a government-versus-opposition issue. The country is in a state of financial anarchy.”

Raut quoted Uddhav saying “we want an end to the hardship being faced by people and we will meet the President separately also to apprise him on the issue”. The Sena has also sought an appointment with the Prime Minister.

“We fully support Modiji’s surgical strike against black money, but we are against the method employed by him… the system is flawed and, if not checked, the country could soon witness a law-and-order problem,” Raut quoted Uddhav.

The Sena chief told his party colleagues that they might be asked why an NDA partner was aligning itself with Mamata Banerjee, an Opposition leader. “If Modiji can sit with Sharad Pawar (NCP president), then we can also go with Mamata,” Uddhav was quoted saying.

NC leader Omar Abdullah is also expected to join the march. But AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who too was expected to join Banerjee’s march, seemed to have dropped the idea because the party “cannot afford to be seen with Shiv Sena”.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien tried to rally the Opposition: “We appeal to all political parties to come and stand with the people… people are suffering. If things come to such a pass that if he comes, I won’t come… then it is a fight for egos, not a fight for the country.”

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First Published on: November 16, 2016 4:22 am
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    VISWALINGAM
    Nov 16, 2016 at 9:57 am
    JOIN HANDS WITH PM MODI AND SAVE INDIA FROM THE TRAITORS AND LOOTERS ( ALL MYANMAR TAMIL HINDU FANS OF PM MODI )
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      Jassis
      Nov 16, 2016 at 4:50 am
      Demonetisation has failed. Four times the amount deposited so far wiped out from Indian Economy in just one week.
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        Jayo khan
        Nov 15, 2016 at 11:53 pm
        The govt criss crossed RBI functioning . govt is responsible for mint and RBI is for notes or bills. Hence if pm say no body knewed about it and he took measures to demonetized the currency is violation of consutional acts setup in house. Further RBI is autonomous body though political affiliated but still works independently so how come instead of RBI the govt took action. That means the move was pre designed and well informed too many.
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          Karthik
          Nov 16, 2016 at 1:02 am
          Indian Economy being wiped out in arabs everyday. In a country where 99 percent people who have no right how to use their own currency while Ambani, Adani, Birla, Sharad Pawar, Lalit Modi, Mallyah and all BJP MP and ministers even have right and hold not over their own money but 99 percent potions Money. A BJP leader is openly spending 500 crores on marriage of her daughter while entire potion standing on queue for 7 days without food only to use their own money still no freedom to do it at their will. Even No poorest African country has seen such nonsense in their life.
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            MyTake
            Nov 16, 2016 at 12:44 am
            People will be watching opposition's behavior very closely!
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              PB
              Nov 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm
              POOR INDIA. RICH BJP..ternal trading...
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                Sanjay Srivastva
                Nov 16, 2016 at 3:17 am
                Those who voted Modi are the ones paying real price. In fact they shot themselves in their foot by beliving Modi that he will bring Black Money from Foreign countries then give 15 lakh each to 125 crores. Now opposite is happening they will take money from those who voted BJP blindly and will give 15 lakh each to BJP agents now working 24/7 to create rumours that this Noteban has mive support of those who are linging up in queues without food. BJP also hired criminals to beat up anyone or everyone spreaking against Modi on the streets. Many cases even seen on youtube and other websites. It seems Modi has mobilized one millions BJP agents who are not only roaming on streets shouting Modi Modi while trolling anyone and everyone trying to express their pain from Modi's murderous attack on common people.
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                  Anand
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm
                  Most of of the Indian politician are just hungry for money- this is real examples.
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                    ashok s
                    Nov 16, 2016 at 4:07 am
                    Rather then disruption in house if wise opposition ask for early debate in houses for the act. This will first be that both the position and opposition want to work for betterment of this great country
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                      ashok s
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 1:19 am
                      Opposition is weak and splitter . as a good Democratic country it must have as equal strength in position and in opposition . but alas our country has in even ratio. Position is dictator and opposition is corrupt.
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                        Raj
                        Nov 16, 2016 at 2:54 am
                        Bear with it, this is the right move - any move that real affects corruption in India will hurt everyone, it is that deep - so, any move to actually affect such people will inevitably hurt everyone. Just bear with it.
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                          Subrahmanyma
                          Nov 16, 2016 at 11:46 am
                          This is what ugly politics in India. People should think for twice for sending representatives to the Parliament/embly
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                            Save Humanity
                            Nov 15, 2016 at 11:48 pm
                            The government have long lists of individuals and Insutes thriving on Black Money. Government never acted, instead gave them time to make Black Money into White. The so called “Surgical Strike” on Corruption is nothing to do with Black Money. Question arise, why this strike? Actually governments throughout the world now wanted to control “Individual Hard Earned Money” How they can do? This can be achieved by compelling each and every individual to put their money in Banks control by government. Once they got money in Banks, now it is very easy to implement hundreds of Rules and Regulations, when and how much we can withdraw our own hard earned money etc. If you don’t agree with their rules and ideologies or step little out of line, your account can be blocked or freezed.lt;br/gt;This strike also serves the purpose to aid and promote agencies dealing with electronic money such as Online Wallets and online shopping czars. The ultimate goal is to make our society CASHLESS, where we can’t see, touch or feel money. Money generated out of ‘THIN AIR’ is called CASHLESS MONEY. It will be controlled by heartless electronic impulses operating in the machine. Expert says cashless money will be controlled by one server throughout the world (Control Center), so that few ruling elites can control the world potion “M control Mechanism”. Since we will not be having physical reach to the Cash, mes can be easily manited. They can easily on, off or slow the server, they can easily block or freeze people accounts if they go out of line or don’t support the ruling elite ideology. People will be just like Cattle or Herd. CASHLESS ECONOMY WILL BE ULTIMATE FORM OF SLAVERY: “Financial Guantanamo”. Sadly we are moving in that direction…
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                              Kay Gee
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 1:29 am
                              Yes shortage of money will be law and order problem in mumbai as shiv saints can not be paid. All know who keep law an order in mumbai.
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                                Sankaran Krishnan
                                Nov 16, 2016 at 5:12 am
                                It is not the question of Opposition unity which is at stake and on what basis the Opposition is going to corner the Govt. and whether they are supporting or against the action taken to curb Black Money menace, hawala transactions,and cross border money transactions etc., and instead to politicize the issue in the name of Public sufferings due to demonitisation will expose them to the People of India !!!
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                                  mort
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 10:20 am
                                  STAN FAKE INDIAN MONEY - WAR !!!
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                                    mangomano
                                    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:58 am
                                    ITALIANS Mummy and Dummy are waiting to create problems for the Govt. They are not genuinely interested in people. They are just interested to take care of themselves and their family and they will do anything for this .
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                                      Mahender Goriganti
                                      Nov 16, 2016 at 4:46 am
                                      Bottom line and the verdict is demonetization worked and decapitated 2/3 evils in India. 1. the terror network, its finance arms finance including anti national activities with fake currency. 2. a death blow to big fish black money and made all the hording worthless overnight. 3. As to the third objective of corruption (big money corruption including political is taken care of. Small fish, fringe players (government employees, consumers, small businesses and even some so called Am admi will take a very long time to correct themselves as corruption has become a part of life in India but will eventually as the risk/reward ratios increase.
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                                        Rabi Mishra
                                        Nov 16, 2016 at 4:47 am
                                        So the Marathi goonda Uddhav too has joined Mamata. Both with hard cash in black have been taken by surprise.
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                                          M.K
                                          Nov 16, 2016 at 10:47 am
                                          Usual practice this is the only thing we know how to destroy the session by making screaming
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                                            Niladrinath Mohanty
                                            Nov 16, 2016 at 5:06 am
                                            I was won- der-ing whe- ther our lea -ders (who actually are dea-lers of various kinds and cl-aim to speak for the people) are really connected with them. Eac-h one of them should come out with con-fessions as to how many unknown com/mon men they have talk-ed to on a parti-cular day. I can say that they will not open up. I am a com'mon man and have talked to many com?mon man -omly after the dem-onetization of 500 and1000 rupee notes. They are not as agi'tated or angry as being made out. Mostly they have welcomed the step. It is perhaps the pol:itical cl who are unhappy.
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