NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on all political parties to engage in a healthy debate of all outstanding issues ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament that begun on Wednesday. The PM’s appeal comes as both the government and the opposition parties head for stormy debates in both Houses over the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes+ .
“The previous session of Parliament had seen the passage of the historic GST. I had thanked all parties when the bill had been passed. In the national interest, it is important for us to have goos debates on various issues,” Modi said, minutes before the commencement of the Winter Session.
“In this Session as well, we will discuss important issues. We will discuss all issues. We will discuss the political positions of all the parties, and the issues they raise. We will make a full effort to move forward together, taking all parties along,” Modi added.
“We are prepared to discuss all issues the parties want to discuss. This will be an open debate as the deliberations have been open,” he said.
Opposition parties have held a series of meetings to calibrate their cooperation against the government’s demonetisation move in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. They are expected to take the battle to the government+ over the inconvenience caused to public in the form of long queues at banks and ATMs.