Demonetisation: Opposition set to go all guns blazing
In the wake of Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, this year’s Winter Session of Parliament is likely to witness uproar over the demonetisation. The session which is beginning on Wednesday is likely to see a united opposition confront the Narendra Modi government over the problems faced by people following the move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
According to media reports, the government is likely to push its legislative agenda, that includes passage of pending legislations for rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the surrogacy regulation bill.
Reacting to the government’s decision to scrapped the high value notes, opposition parties including Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Samajwadi Party have been vociferous in attacking the government.
The Trinamool Congress and AAP have been demanding rollback of demonetisation, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address to the nation on November 8.
In this year’s winter session, opposition parties are likely to target the Prime Minister for the decision that is being talked about across households and widely commented upon in the social media.
Trinamool Congress and Congress have given notices for suspension of business in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the opening day of the winter session to discuss demonetisation. The session is slated to conclude on December 16.
Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar has said that the party will raise the issue of demonetisation and repeated ceasefire violations on the India-Pakistan border that has led to loss of lives.
“We will raise government’s failures on all fronts, including black money and issues concerning farmers. There have been about 300 ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir in the last one-and-a-half months which has resulted in soldiers being martyred and civilian deaths,” Kumar told news agency IANS.
Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi said that demonetisation will be a top issue for the party.”Apart from demonetisation, we will take up issues concerning farmers, the present situation in Kashmir, one rank one pension and government’s flip-flops on Pakistan,” Tyagi said.
On Monday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had called an all-party meeting in an apparent move to ensure smooth functioning of the House in the Winter Session of Parliament.
The Government had also convened an all-party meeting on November 8 to seek cooperation from leaders of the both the Houses for smooth functioning of Parliament. The month-long winter session of Parliament will continue till December 16.