24 November, 2016
The remark drew sharp reaction from Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, who said they were protesting in the House not to come on television, but due to the sufferings of the common people.
The Opposition parties will launch a country wide protest "Aakrosh Diwas" on November 28 over the BJP-led NDA regime's demonetisation move. The pandemonium saw the house being adjourned for the day.
Addressing a rally at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the country's economy was growing at a steady rate before demonetisation, but now there were many who did not have money to buy food. "The whole nation is backing the Prime Minister on this decision", he said. The people are happy in Prime Minister Modi's leadership.
The government, however, is ready to debate on demonetisation under Rule 193, which does not entail voting. The Congress has issued a whip to its parliamentarians to attend the parliament while leaders of opposition parties are expected to meet to chalk out a joint strategy. "If a system gets established where everyone honestly pays their taxes, then you can imagine what will be the impact on the tax revenues and subsequently on fiscal deficit", he said.
Amid the intensifying politics over demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked citizens to give their first-hand views about the Centre's move to spike the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. "Since the PM is not coming to Parliament, it is a breakdown of the parliamentary system", he said.
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But the Congress and TMC members continued with their protest. CPI MP D Raja said that the opposition parties will hold meetings every day to discuss their next step. Please stop shouting, this is most unbecoming", says Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari to protestors belonging to opposition parties as he reconvenes Rajya Sabha.
He was supported by Mayawati (BSP) who said people have died standing in queues because of hunger, want of medicines and waiting for currency for marriage. "We are ready for a full discussion on the fight against black money under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi", said Parliamentary Affair Minister Ananth Kumar, adding once again that the ruling BJP's victory in by-elections in Madhya Pradesh and Assam were a mandate in favour of demonetisation.
"As high as 86 per cent people believe that some so- called anti-corruption activists are now actually batting in support of black money, corruption and even terrorist financing!", the write-up said.
Nearly the entire opposition put up a united front against demonetisation on Wednesday paralysing Parliament's functioning over the mode of discussion on the issue and the Prime Minister's presence during debates on the issue. In Left strongholds like Kerala and Tripura, the protest could transform into a bandh.