Demonetisation: Opposition calls for nationwide protests on November 28
Two Hundred opposition MPs made a queue in the parliament on Wednesday morning in solidarity with people standing in queues at banks due to a ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
The opposition leaders have also announced to take their protests to the national level on November 28, calling out for demonstrations and marches. Left leader Sitaram Yechury in a press conference said : “We will march separately and strike together.”
Yechury said the currency ban would not meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s objective of fighting black money and terror. “74 people have reportedly died so far. It’s the poor who are suffering. Until December 30, allow people to use old notes for white transactions,” the CPIM leader said.
Congress plans to organise protests in districts and state capitals on November 28 against the failure of the government in giving people access to their cash. They are planning to hold protests in front of banks also.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi joined the protests this morning saying demonetisation as the world’s “biggest impromptu financial experiment” and said the opposition is firm on their demand for a joint parliamentary committee investigation into what he alleged as a selective leak about currency ban.
He added all opposition parties are fighting against corruption and black money but “1 billion people must not be punished.”
MPs from the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress, DMK and Left parties participated in the protest.
In both the Houses of Parliament, the opposition was united in attacking the government, disrupting the proceedings demanding Prime Minister explain the scrapping of currency in Rajya Sabha. They have demanded for a vote at the end of a debate on the issue.
The government rejected the demands of the opposition.
PM Modi was present in Lok Sabha today,but protesting opposition forced for an adjournment because their demand for discussion was refused.