A resolution was adopted by the Delhi assembly that requested the President to institute a court-monitored probe to look into the allegations that the “demonetisation scheme is a fraud on the nation”.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed this scheme as “draconian scheme which is causing huge inconvenience to people for no fault of their own“.
The Delhi government on Tuesday sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention, urging him to direct the Centre to immediately withdraw the ‘draconian’ scheme to scrap Rs 500 and 1,000 notes.
A one-day session of the assembly was called by the government on Tuesday to discuss the fallout of the decision to scrap high-value currency notes, beginning November 8 midnight. The session lasted for about two-and-half-hours with a single business on its agenda of adopting the resolution moved by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The development comes on a day the Centre announced more measures to improve cash flow, including marking people’s fingers with indelible ink to manage crowds outside banks. The queue outside banks and ATMs swelled on Tuesday, a day after the banks opened after a holiday.
Mr. Kejriwal tabled a resolution in the Delhi Assembly in this regard during its one-day emergency session. The resolution, which will be discussed in the AAP-dominated House, also urges President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the Centre to withdraw the measure.
Replying to the discussion on the resolution, Kejriwal claimed the scheme was a war against the country’s poor and not against black money, as claimed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Briefing reporters, CM Kejriwal said the state government has also decided to deploy its civil defence volunteers near ATMs and bank branches in Delhi to help the people in queues.
Earlier during the day The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the government’s notification demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency, but asked it to spell out the steps taken to minimise public inconvenience. “We will not be granting any stay,” a Bench comprising Chief Justice T. S. Thakur and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud said.
[This news item was published by Hindustan Times ( http://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi/kejriwal-ups-ante-in-assembly-session-wants-note-ban-rolled-back/story-zkNNXEzPk2reIqLFizleDN.html ) , Indian Express ( http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/arvind-kejriwal-moves-resolution-against-draconian-demonetisation-in-delhi-assembly-4376658/ ) & The Hindu ( http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/live-november-15-2016-effect-of-demonetisation-of-rs-500-rs-1000-notes/article9348006.ece ) ]