United Against Government On Notes Ban, Opposition Divided Over Battle-Plan

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United Against Government On Notes Ban, Opposition Divided Over Battle-Plan

Congress, sources said, wants to raise the issue in parliament unlike Trinamool


New Delhi:  The unity that opposition parties flaunted yesterday over demonetisation is already coming apart a little with the Congress saying after a strategy meet today that it is unlikely to join a march on Wednesday to Rashtrapati Bhawan organised by Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

While both parties agree that the government must be fiercely attacked over the way it has implemented the ban on 500 and 1000 rupee notes, the Congress, sources said, wants to raise the issue in parliament first before escalating the matter to the President.

Mamata Banerjee's party however wants to petition the President straightaway and demand that the centre withdraw the ban, which it has called anti-poor.

The Congress has through notices sought that all work be suspended in both House of parliament as they convene for the winter session tomorrow to debate demonetisation and its impact on people.

The Trinamool Congress too has moved such a suspension notice in the Rajya Sabha or Upper House, as has the Janata Dal-United.  

The issue and the party's response is expected to be discussed at a meeting now on of the CPM, the largest of the Left parties. While the Left has confirmed that it is on board for a united opposition attack on the government in parliament, it is unlikely to join the march organised by arch rival Trinamool.

Left leaders shook hands with those from the Trinamool at yesterday's meeting, but their presence at one place was made possible by the fact that the Congress hosted that meeting. Mamata Banerjee's outreach to the Left for a united opposition was not met with the same enthusiasm.

"We will raise the issue in both the houses. We are all against black money and corruption. This decision has kept people in great difficulties and hardships, the government should have done management before this. Left parties are united against this decision and we are here for people," said D Raja of the CPI.


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