Opposition parties on Thursday sought a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee to convey the problems caused due to demonetisation to the common man and “over not being” allowed to speak in Parliament.
At a meeting held in the leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s chamber, representatives of various parties decided to raise the issues with the President.
Party leaders said the Opposition has decided to approach the President to “complain” against the BJP-led Centre for not allowing them to speak in Parliament.
The leaders said they were elected representatives of the country and had every right to speak in Parliament and it was “unconstitutional” not to allow them to speak in both Houses.
Sources said time is being sought from the President on Friday and all opposition parties were ready to raise the issue unitedly before him.
Sources said that it was also decided in the meeting to raise the plight of farmers and common people in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and demand a loan waiver for farmers.
All parties decided that while Azad will raise the issue in Rajya Sabha, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge would raise the issue in the Lower House.
Azad also gave an adjournment notice under Rule 267 for allowing a discussion on “hardships” faced by farmers due to demonetisation.
Opposition leaders have been meeting regularly to decide on a united strategy in Parliament for the winter session.
Representatives of Congress, Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, JD(U), CPI, CPI-M, NCP, DMK and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) were present in Thursday’s meeting.