A united Opposition on November 21 geared up to corner the Centre in Parliament on banning Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes. In this regard, the Congress, which is leading the Opposition charge, has issued a whip to its MPs to attend Parliament.
Leaders of Opposition parties such as Congress, Trinamool Congress, Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Left Parties and Bahujan Samaj Party met at 9.30 am on November 21 to demand a joint parliamentary committee probe into the allegations that the move was leaked to the BJP and its “friends”.
The parties had made up their mind to not only take this matter to the masses, but also question the government in Parliament.
After the Opposition leaders’ meeting, Congress will hold its own strategy meet, chaired by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
At the same time, D Raja leader of Communist Party of India (CPI) on November 21 Monday demanded the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament during the demonetisation debate.
Raja also said it was unfortunate that the PM can speak on the demonetisation issue outside Parliament but cannot do so inside. The Opposition has serious concerns regarding the issue and the PM should hear them.
Gandhi was seen interacting with people standing in serpentine queues outside banks and ATMs in the national capital.
Speaking to people at Inderlok, Jahangirpuri and Zakira areas, he asked them about the trouble they were facing and asked them to protest against the Centre for putting them in such a situation.
In a related development, the Income Tax department has decided to imprison a person depositing demonetised money in someone else’s account for seven years under the Benami Transactions Act.
The department has seized more than Rs 200 crore in black money or undisclosed income after conducting around 80 surveys and 30 searches. Around Rs 50 crore was also seized in various states since November 8.
Meanwhile, the government has reduced transportation time of cash from printing to the distribution centres from 21 days to six days. Different modes of transport were being used to move the cash. The government hopes that the situation will improve within a week’s time.