Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will lead a delegation of Opposition leaders to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday to register their protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move and the “severe hardships it has unleashed” on the citizens.
This is the second time that the Opposition leaders are meeting the President over the notes ban move. On November 16, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee led a march of the Opposition leaders to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to demand an immediate rollback of the Prime Minister’s November 8 decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
Banerjee was accompanied by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah besides leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, BJP’s ally Shiv Sena and Hardik Patel’s new party. Though the Shiv Sena did not demand a rollback, it sought an extension of the deadline for accepting old currency notes.
However, the Congress, and the Left had then stayed away from the march.
Prior to this, a delegation of Congress MPs from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab will meet the Prime Minister to press for their demand for loan waiver for debt-ridden farmers.
The meeting of the delegation, led by leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, with Modi comes two days after the Congress received more than 2.5 crore loan waiver application forms from farmers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
The Congress plans to hand over those forms to the central government.