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Parliament winter session begins, first Centre-Oppn face-off over demonetisation

The winter session of the Parliament opened on Wednesday and the first morning will be an indicator of how the day will proceed but also indicate what is in store for the government this week.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2016 11:27 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with others ministers taking to media person on his arrival to attend the Parliament winter session in New Delhi on Wednesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with others ministers taking to media person on his arrival to attend the Parliament winter session in New Delhi on Wednesday(Sonu Mehta /HT Photo)

The winter session of the Parliament opened on Wednesday and the first morning will be an indicator of how the day will proceed but also indicate what is in store for the government this week.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned after obituary reference as a sitting member has passed away.

But a confrontation between the government and the Opposition is expected in the Rajya Sabha, where ruckus can’t be ruled out.

The session begins in the shadow of the government’s week-old measure to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes.

The move was meant to drain illegal cash from the economy but a less-than-smooth rollout has seen millions queue up outside banks to deposit or exchange old currency with the poor and small traders the hardest hit.

“I am sure we will have good debates on various issues, parties will present their views on issues. We will talk about people’s aspirations,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told reporters hours before the session began on Wednesday morning.

The PM also reminded that in the last session, all parties came together to pass the constitution amendment bill for the goods and services tax that aims to stitch together a common national market and abolish local levies.

“The government believes in debating every issue in an open manner, as this sets the stage for very good decisions,” said Modi.

The Trinamool Congress staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament against the government’s demonetisation move.

Other Opposition parties will also take up the issue during the day, possibly leading to a stormy start for the winter session, in which the government plans to pass three bills related to the GST.