Opposition leaders arrived in the Parliament premises and protested near the Gandhi statue against the Central government’s demonetisation move. Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’ Brian , leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad among many others were seen raising slogans and using placards to protest against the government’s demonetisation move. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi was seen leading the protest.
The opposition has been severely criticising the demonetisation announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that saw the overnight ban on the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. The opposition has mainly cited the inconveniences faced by the common man as the problem with the scheme. Meanwhile, AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had accused the PM of informing his associates about the move before the announcement had been made.
Both houses of the parliament have also been disrupted by the opposition who have demanded the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the house for a discussion on the demonetisation. It was reported on Tuesday that CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri had plans of moving a contempt of parliament notice against the Prime Minister as the latter was addressing the public and not present in the parliament despite it being in session.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad had said that more lives had been taken away in the long queues outside banks and ATMs than what Pakistani terrorists had taken in Uri.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8, had announced the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes overnight. While the scheme has been lauded for being a bold move in the fight against corruption, it has also been severely criticised for its poor planning and execution.