Opposition unity against demonetisation falls apart ahead of meet today

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Opposition unity against demonetisation falls apart ahead of meet today

Ahead of their meeting to decide their strategy to counter the government against demonetisation on Tuesday, opposition parties stand divided. Parties such as the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, and Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), are not attending the meet.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also address another public meeting in poll-bound Uttarakhand and inaugurate infrastructure projects.

The Congress-led opposition party meeting will take place on Tuesday, where representatives of political parties will meet and then hold a joint press conference on their future strategy.

Taking forward their fight against the Central government on demonetisation, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee along with representatives from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam are expected to attend the meeting.

On Monday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi held a meeting with general secretaries and state Congress presidents to discuss the situation ahead of the meeting.

Several opposition parties have decided to stay away from the meeting due to lack of prior consultation.

“Most of the parties were neither consulted nor informed about what will be the agenda of the meeting. Several Opposition parties have reservation about the way the meeting has been convened,” said Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the CPM, which is the largest party of the Left Front.

JD(U) spokesperson K.C. Tyagi said, “The meeting has no agenda, not even a common minimum programme. It is unlikely to arrive at any conclusion.”

The meeting comes in the backdrop of the upcoming budget session of Parliament, which is being advanced, and a just-concluded winter session that was a washout. The winter session had seen several opposition parties group against the National Democratic Alliance-led government on demonetisation.