With three days to go for the Winter Session of Parliament to conclude, the Opposition and Treasury benches are hopeful that a compromise will work out and both Houses of Parliament be allowed to transact some business in what would otherwise be a complete washout. Reconvening after a four-day break, both, the BJP and the Congress issued whips, asking its MPs to be present as a debate on demonetisation was likely in Lok Sabha. The matter of contention now, however, is who should initiate the debate – the Finance Minister or a member of the Opposition.
The Opposition parties are also likely to raise the alleged scam involving Minister of State Kiren Rijiju. The issue is likely to be taken up in both Houses of Parliament and the Congress has already given notice. You can read more about it here.
On demonetisation, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is keen on speaking in Lok Sabha and has claimed there would be ‘an earthquake’ if he is given the chance to make a statement. The other Opposition parties, however, may not agree to a discussion on demonetisation in Lok Sabha without a vote. It is to be seen if the floor managers on the treasury side manage to convince at least a signifcant part of the Opposition to initiate a debate.
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What also remains to be seen is whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is present in the House during the debate on demonetisation, another key demand of the Opposition parties.
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