Opposition leaders to meet on Tuesday against demonetisation

New Delhi, Nov 14 (IANS) The opposition leaders on Monday joined hands in opposing the demonetisation of high-value currency notes and plan to hold another meeting on Tuesday to chalk out their strategy for Parliament’s winter session, opening on Wednesday.

On Monday, leaders of the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the YSR Congress met in the room allotted to Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.

“All parties denounced the manner in which the demonetisation was enforced. We are not against fighting black money, but this action has affected the farmers and daily wage earners,” CPI leader D. Raja told IANS.

The opposition leaders will meet again at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and decide their strategy for the session.

Those present in the meeting included Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Sudip Bandopadhyay, Derek O’Brien, D. Raja, Prem Chand Gupta, Sushil Kumar and M. Rajamohan Reddy.

Besides Azad, Congress Leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and the party’s Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma were also present.

The opposition parties are quite vocal in opposing demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 night, which has left people slogging in long queues outside banks and ATMs, with many complaining they do not have enough money even to buy esential items.