A bill to provide better mental healthcare is listed for the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday but the Opposition, which has taken on the government in both the Houses over the surprise demonetisation move, is unlikely to relent.
Parliament opened for the winter session on November 16 but has got little done, with proceedings being disrupted on all days. Tuesday is unlikely to be better.
The Opposition parties were meeting Tuesday morning to shape strategy to corner the government over its decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes that has led to a scramble for cash, with snaking queues outside banks and ATMs.
Both the Houses have been adjourned repeatedly, with the Opposition insisting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi be there to answer queries on the demonetisation move. The government has accused the Opposition of running away from discussion.
The Samajwadi Party, which skipped a similar meeting on Monday, is expected at Tuesday’s huddle, strengthening the Opposition ranks.
Faced with a united Opposition, the BJP holds its first parliamentary board meeting after Modi announced the move to scrap high-value notes in a televised address to the nation on November 8.
He was expected to speak at the meeting in which the demonetisation move was to be discussed, sources said, adding the party would not give in to Opposition pressure.
As many as 11 Opposition parties met on Monday and discussed nationwide protest plan. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who sat throughout the meeting, said, “There is a need to intensify our agitation. We must remain united.”
About 200 Opposition MPs, led by those from the Congress, will hold a protest near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Parliament complex on Wednesday. They will also take to the streets in New Delhi and across the country to highlight the “economic anarchy” unleashed by currency swap.