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PM Modi may attend Rajya Sabha today, Cong says he does not have courage

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the Rajya Sabha on Thursday but his presence may not do much in break the logjam over the scrapping of high-value currency that has deadlocked Parliament and stalled legislative business.

Thursday belonged to opposition parties as they went into a huddle and indicated they might continue to disrupt proceedings in the second week of the winter session that has transacted little work.

The Opposition has been expressing anger over PM Modi's five-day absence from Parliament and have demanded he address both Houses over the government's shock recall of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes two weeks ago ? a move that the Congress and others say has unleashed "financial anarchy".

"The prime minister is not able to gather courage to face Parliament. Why is he running away from the battle ground?" asked Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

while the prime minister has defended the move to recall the currency ? aimed at draining illegal cash from the economy -- on several occasions, including a packed rock concert in Mumbai via video conference but he has chosen not to address the parliament so far which has only infuriated the Opposition, which says the prime minister has insulted Parliament by not turning up.

Ever after PM Modi attended the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Opposition remained unimpressed and continued to stall business. The government has accused the Congress and others of shying away from a debate.

Since demonetisation came into effect two weeks ago, millions of people have been lining up outside banks and ATMs to exchange, withdraw or deposit currency with farmers and small traders the hardest hit.

Several have allegedly died while waiting in the long queues and because of a cash crunch that is said to have severely affected the countryside.