Barring the BJD, your complete Opposition — from the Congress to arch rivals SP and BSP, AIADMK and DMK, and Left and TMC — got here collectively on Wednesday for a joint protest exterior the House over the persevering with money crunch. They additionally determined to observe a nationwide “protest day” on November 28. Over 200 MPs from 14 parties, together with the AIADMK which has remained quiet on the problem up to now, joined the symbolic protest in entrance of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament. While SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati have been lacking, their MPs have been current.
Opposition leaders later held a gathering and determined to give a joint protest name to take the struggle from Parliament to the streets. However, variations continued on whether or not and when to meet President Pranab Mukherjee. The Left parties will not be too eager about assembly the President. Admitting the variations, CPM basic secretary Sitaram Yechury quoted Mao to say they might be “marching separately and striking together”.
Yechury mentioned November 28 can be noticed as “aakrosh diwas” by all of the parties throughout the nation. In Left strongholds like Kerala and Tripura, the protest may rework right into a bandh. CPI chief D Raja mentioned the Left parties would observe a week-long protest from November 24-30.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi alleged a “scam” behind the choice to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. “We feel there is a scam behind this decision. We feel that the Prime Minister and their (party) president had told their people about this decision in advance. So there should be a JPC probe. The Opposition is united. Over 200 MPs were here… The government should say why the decision was taken,” mentioned Rahul.
Asked who was main the Opposition, he mentioned the voice of the poor was driving the protest.
“What the Prime Minister has done is the world’s biggest impromptu financial experiment. The Prime Minister has not asked anyone about this. It is being said that the Finance Minister did not know about it. The chief economic adviser was not in the know. This decision was not taken by the Finance Minister. This is the Prime Minister’s decision and, because of this decision, crores of people have suffered major losses. The Prime Minister can speak at a concert…but he will not come to Parliament,” mentioned Rahul.
“Why is the Prime Minister scared to come to the House? There should be some reason why he is afraid,” he added.
Rahul mentioned there was an unprecedented surge in financial institution deposits proper earlier than the choice. “The BJP in Bengal and other states knew (about the decision)… The Finance Minister did not know, but those in the BJP organisation knew. And the BJP’s industrialist and trader friends also knew,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the Opposition was in favour of preventing black cash and corruption. “The question is why are one billion people being harassed in this manner. It is a question of complete centralisation of power. A country cannot be run in this manner. You have hit the economy. The economy was running well… And you have given the economy a terrible jolt. You have finished farmers, workers and small traders,” he mentioned.
Rahul mentioned it was shameful that no obituary reference was made in Parliament concerning the individuals who had died due to this resolution.
“The Modi government has not demonetised money, but demonetised the people. Thirteen days have passed, but people are still standing in queues outside banks and ATMs have no money. All Congress units will protest across the country on November 28,” mentioned Congress communication division head Randeep Surjewala.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK’s resolution to join the protest got here as a shock, though there was indication concerning the occasion’s change of coronary heart on Tuesday itself when its members joined the Opposition ranks within the Lok Sabha.
“As per the instruction of our Chief Minister, the AIADMK is opposing the implementation of the policy of demonetisation. It is causing inconvenience to rural people. That is why we are opposing the implementation of the demonetisation,” mentioned AIADMK chief in Rajya Sabha A Navaneethakrishnan.