Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is reported to be chairing the Party’s parliamentary meet for the first time, in the absence of Sonia Gandhi. Congress MPs from both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were reported to be present during the meet. Congress, along with the rest of the opposition is expected to raise the issue of the demonetisation drive again in the parliament and demand a discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The national party has been quite vocal in its protest of the demonetisation drive and has held marches and other forms of protests against the overnight decision made by the Prime Minister.
Rahul Gandhi, who has led the opposition in the protest is expected to be the face of the protest in the days to come. Although, it has to be noted that both Gandhi and Congress’ official Twitter handles had been hacked on Wednesday and Thursday. While the hacker had posted some of the most outrageous allegations against the party and resorted to name calling, the Congress party had not raised the issue in the parliament. Although, some Congress leaders had alleged a planned political assassination behind the hacking.
Meanwhile, the opposition had not resorted to any discussion despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi being present in the parliament, notably even through the period of adjournment. While it is difficult to say if the Prime Minister would be present in the Parliament on Friday, it would be interesting to see Congress’ strategy. Meanwhile, it was also reported an Opposition leaders’ meeting was also scheduled to happen in the parliament at 11 AM on Friday. The opposition had continuously demanded the presence of the Prime Minister and asked for a response from him. Although, BJP leaders have had a certain amount of success have defended the Prime Minister’s absence in the parliament, a few absurd reasons have also been given by them. For instance, BJP leaders have gone on to blame the Opposition for disrupting the parliament without actually mentioning a reason for the PM’s absence.