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CPI(M), other opposition parties to meet Prez on Parliament logjam

Opposition parties are expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow to draw his attention to the logjam in Parliament over the demonetisation issue.

Published: 15th December 2016 07:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th December 2016 07:53 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties are expected to meet President Pranab Mukherjee tomorrow to draw his attention to the logjam in Parliament over the demonetisation issue.

"We have said earlier that we will meet President after exhausting all our options available during the session in Parliament, CPI(M) leader Mohd Salim said here today.

Parliament's winter session, headed for a complete washout due to continuous disruptions, is coming to an end tomorrow.

"We will decide the time and date for meeting President after discussing with all opposition parties," Salim added.

Asked what are options left for CPI(M) besides meeting President, he said "We will go to the people."

Highlighting the people's suffering due to demonetisation, he said, "On the very first day, the prime minister should have given a suo moto statement on demonetisation in Parliament. It was a major decision. PM is speaking through All India Radio, election meetings in Uttar Pradesh, but has failed to address Parliament."

Taking potshots at the BJP, he said, "It is the first time that a ruling party and its prime minister are saying that they are not being allowed to speak in Parliament."

He said everybody is suffering due to demonetisation. "Whether salaried class people or daily workers all are facing problems."

Opposing the the government's stated move to make the Indian economy cashless, the CPI(M) leader said that the government's push for cashless transaction is an "anti-thesis" to democracy. "There are many areas where Internet connectivity is very poor, and not many have any cards also.

Even all ATMs have also not been calibrated yet." 



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