In a rare show of unity, 10 major opposition parties today came together and resolved to corner the government on demonetisation within and outside Parliament even as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged banks were giving cash to a few "through the back door" while the poor were made to stand in queues.
Finding a common ground on demonetisation which has caused hardship to people, leaders of Congress, Trinamool Congress, JD(U), BSP, CPI(M), CPI, NCP, RJD, JMM and DMK held a meeting in the national capital this morning to forge a common plan of action with an aim of mounting attack on the government.
Leaders of these parties will hold such strategy sessions every morning before Parliament assembles during the ongoing Winter session, sources said.
It was decided that MPs of these 10 parties will stage a sit-in near Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the Parliament complex on Wednesday. This will be followed by a march to Rashtrapati Bhawan, date for which is being worked out, the sources said.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who visited several ATMs this morning and interacted with people, claimed he was told that cash was being taken out surreptitiously from the back door in the banks for a few "selected people" while there were long queues of common people waiting outside for hours.
"They said they are in the queue and deals are being made and cash is taken out from back door. And some selected people are given that cash. Those who are rich are getting that and those who are poor they are made to stand in the queue. They will be in the queue for three days and then they will leave (without cash). People are facing losses because of this," he said.
On Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark that the country will come out like gold after this exercise, the Congress leader said, "I feel the coffers of the PM's own 15 or 20 people's will be filled up and their loans will be waived. Poor people, those who are in the queue, will only suffer losses."
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged the Prime Minister was threatening parties raising voice against demonetisation and said she will hit the Delhi streets Tuesday to protest against the government action.
PARLIAMENT WASHED OUT AGAIN:
Parliament was disrupted yet again today with the Opposition changing tact in Rajya Sabha demanding adoption of a condolence resolution for those who have died in queues in banks post-demonetisation and pressing for voting on a discussion that entails voting.
A united Opposition gave a new dimension in the Upper House by asserting that no discussion on demonetisation would take place till the House adopts a resolution mourning the death of nearly 70 people said to have been caused by hardships after the junking of the high-denomination notes.
The Lok Sabha could not function for the third straight working day as opposition parties insisted on taking up of an Adjournment Motion on demonetisation and a debate under a rule that entails voting.
The Rajya Sabha, which saw a day-long inconclusive debate on demonetisation on the opening day of the Winter session on November 16, has failed to transact any business since then as the Opposition has been pressing for the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his response to the debate. PTI