NEW DELHI -- The opposition parties are reportedly readying for a coordinated attack on the Narendra Modi government on the issue of demonetisation. While Trinamool Congress' Mamata Banerjee has already indicated her willingness to team up with other opposition parties at the Rajya Sabha to nail the central government on the issue, she's also expected to meet members of the Congress party on Monday to discuss it. The winter session of the Parliament begins on Wednesday.
The TMC has submitted a notice to the Upper House of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, asking for all other work to be suspended to discuss the Modi government's demonetisation decision, which it wants revoked. Banerjee has also reportedly called political leaders of various other parties to petition President Pranab Mukherjee together against the move.
The Congress too has reportedly reached out to other political parties to jointly plan a strategy to tackle the issue in the Parliament.
PM Modi's decision to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes in an attempt to curb black money has resulted in chaos, with banks struggling to keep up with needs of the people. Several death have been reported after Indians standing in queue at ATMs have collapsed.
"This is not an ego battle. I humbly appeal again to the Govt at the Centre. Save the common people from more suffering,and the country from financial catastrophe, by withdrawing this hasty decision," tweeted the West Bengal chief minister on Sunday.
"Today I spoke with several political leaders regarding a joint movement and to meet Rashtrapati Ji together. Let us all fight this together to give relief to common citizens, the poor and stop this financial anarchy."
Meanwhile, CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim told PTI on Sunday that Banerjee's phone call as a "desperate call" to save her own party leaders who were involved in "corruption".
"Yes, today Mamata Banerjee called Sitaram Yechury and told him that all the opposition parties should come together to put up a united fight against the BJP. Yechury replied that since he was travelling, he could only comment on the matter after discussing it in the party," he said.
"This is a desperate call and an attempt to save her own party leaders who are allegedly involved in the Saradha and Narada scams. What is the credibility of the Trinamool Congress (TMC)? How can they talk about fighting against black money when her (Mamata's) own party leaders are involved in the Saradha scam and have been arrested," Salim said.
"When her own party leaders have been involved in Narada, this is nothing but a political gimmick. Those running their party in West Bengal through corruption should not talk much about black money," he added.
Banerjee had earlier said she was ready to work with the CPI(M) and other opposition parties such as the SP, BSP, and Congress, despite ideological differences, to "save the country" from the NDA government.
(with agency inputs)
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