Demonetisation: PM Modi seeks support as opposition gears up to storm Parliament

The government's decision to demonetize high value Indian currency notes has evoked sharp reaction from the opposition parties.
PM Modi

The winter session of parliament which begins on Wednesday, is expected to witness uproar form opposition parties, that have been launching scathing attacks over the PM Modi’s demonetisation policy and its effects to common people across the country.

The government’s decision to demonetize high value Indian currency notes has evoked sharp reaction from the opposition, including Congress, Left, TMC, AAP and the JD-U, who are ready to pin the government down on the issue.

According to media reports, various parties have separately given adjournment notices in the Lok Sabha. They have also given notice for suspension of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha to discuss the issue and highlight the plight of the common man.

In the month-long session of parliament, nine new bills, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the surrogacy regulation, the Indian Institutes of Managements Bill to confer statutory status to institutes and competence to award degrees and the HIV AIDS Prevention and Control, Mental Health Care and Consumer Protection Bill will be taken up for consideration and passage in this session.

Amid the negative reactions from opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called the demonetisation move a “crusade” against black money and urged all parties at the all party meeting to show support for the demonetisation policy in national interest.

The meeting, held ahead of the Winter Session, was chaired by PM Modi. “We have launched a crusade against corruption, black money and fake currency, which is also behind cross-border terrorism. All parties should come together on this issue of national interest,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister also initiated the idea of having both Lok Sabha elections and Rajya Sabha elections together and said a discussion on this should be held in the Winter Session.

“A crucial problem is how to make political funding transparent. How to implement state funding of elections. Let all political parties debate it and come to a conclusion. Let’s remove the question mark which exists against those in public life. Polls happen separately. Let there be one election, simultaneous elections,” he said.

The government also made it clear that it is ready for discussion on all issues regarding the country with PM Modi hoping for a fruitful session as he recalled the passage of the GST Bill in the last session with the cooperation of all parties.

Long lines have ensued outside banks and ATMs with people waiting to get there money exchanged or deposited.