Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged all political parties to cooperate inside as also outside the Parliament on issues of black money and corruption. Speaking at the All Party Meet, the PM said Parliament should discuss election funding and simultaneous polls. He said that all parties should show support in the Winter session in national interest. Union minister Ananth Kumar speaking to reporters after the all-party meet said the government is ready for discussion on all issues during the Winter Session. Kumar said that the PM wanted a discussion on possibility of holding Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha elections together. Earlier in the day, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said the government had decided to introduce use of indelible ink mark for customers exchanging defunct currency notes. The move will prevent certain syndicates and certain kind of people coming to branch again and again, he said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress Party said that the Opposition will be united, come what may, and will raise issues together. “We are not for roll back of demonetisation but are against the economic chaos inflicted by this hasty, unprepared move,” he added. Leaders of the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Communist Party of India, Janata Dal-United, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and the DMK were present at a meeting held here to deliberate on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to stay its notification demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes but told it to reduce the inconvenience of the people, saying “you cannot have surgical strike” against them. “You (Centre) can have a surgical strike against blackmoney but you cannot have surgical strike against the people of the country,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, pointing to the long queues at banks and ATMs. “Carpenters, maids, vegetable sellers are dependent on cash. Are you capable of reducing their trauma? Your aim is to wipe out blackmoney but people are traumatised standing in queues for hours doing nothing,” the bench said.
(With inputs from Agencies)