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Modi appeals to Opposition ahead of Winter Session

Opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, have been preparing to corner the ruling National Democratic Alliance over its surprise move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed for all political parties to cooperate during the Winter Session of Parliament that begins a day after.

In an address to all MPs, Modi asked all parties to work together and change the negative image of politicians in the country. “Parliament is the right forum to send out a positive message about politicians by addressing the issues appropriately. It is time we send out a positive message to the people,” he said.

Opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, have been preparing to corner the ruling National Democratic Alliance over its surprise move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

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.”

The opposition also has a string of other issues like the surgical strikes across LoC, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, OROP and the plight of farmers to rake up during the session that will last a month.

Modi had announced the demonetisation of high-value currency notes on November 8 in an attempt to crack down on corruption and black money. The surprise move has led to a lot of opposition for political parties. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that Modi had warned his aides before making the announcement.

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