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Demonetisation: Opposition joins ranks, PM Modi may not speak on notes ban in RS

While the opposition has been pressing for his presence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to speak on the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in the Rajya Sabha today, where the demonetisation reform will dominate the agenda.

The Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned till 12:30 pm as the opposition began shouting slogans demanding that PM Modi explain his abrupt outlawing of the old notes in the upper house, where the government is in a minority.

Reports say that instead of PM Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will explain the government's stand.

Meanwhile the Congress hosted a meeting this morning of opposition parties to encourage a united attack over the issue.

While the opposition wants a debate on the notes ban in the Lok Sabha, followed by a vote, the government has reportedly objected to the language used for the motion that would be used for the debate.

On November 8, PM Modi had announced that 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would be invalid for transactions just hours later. He said the reform would combat black money and corruption.