Opposition targeting BJP on demonetization move
The Congress and seven other Opposition parties have met on Monday — ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, which will start from November 16 — to further formulate a joint strategy to put the government on the mat on a range of issues, which includes the demonetisation move that has caused great inconvenience to the people, especially the poor.
After this meeting, Anand Sharma, the Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha said, “There is broad consensus that the demonetisation issue should be raised in Parliament.”
Opposition to meet again on Tuesday
However, with many leaders who were not available, the Opposition parties will be meeting again on Tuesday afternoon to further finalise their plans. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party are also busy campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh elections and the DMK, AIADMK, AAP and NCP were unrepresented on Monday.
Janata Dal(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who was present at the meeting said that they are hoping to build the sort of opposition unity that they had on the Land Acquisition Act. The cohesion then had also forced the Modi government to further replace its draft Bill with one that has satisfied the Opposition.
On Monday, apart from Mr Yadav, others who were present at the meeting, which included the CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, the TMC’s Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien, the CPI’s D. Raja, the RJD’s Prem Chand Gupta, the JMM’s Sushil Kumar and the YSR Congress’s M. Rajamohan Reddy.
The Congress was represented by Mr. Sharma and leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. The leaders have also met Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad in Parliament House.
Now, it would be interesting to see what the opposition will come up with and also how would BJP will defend itself and face all the allegations on them in this winter session.