Note Bandi or the demonetization action of the Government is not a small issue. Hence it will be a surprise if no debate on the issue takes place in Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha).
Whomsoever is running from the debate or avoiding it, is shirking from an important responsibility. The responsibility to adequately inform the people.
With just two days left in the Winter session of Parliament (including today), it’s important to have a useful debate in both houses of parliament. The debate will be useful if it’s above plain rhetoric and emotions. It must be focused at answering the questions related to the rationale behind demonetization action, possible consequences and current impact of the drive.
Here it’s pertinent on the Prime Minister to remain present in the Parliament during the debate on such an important issue. The opposition demand is just that followed by a voting. This is not a big ask as PMs in the past have remained present on such important issues. With only two days left (Actually 2 and a 1/2) now, it doesn’t seem it will be possible now. But things must have been managed better earlier, as it’s important for the Prime Minister to remain present during the debate and answer the Questions comprehensively. Remember, it was the PM who announced the Note Bandi on the evening of November 8, 2016. Now when we’re at the fringe of Winter Session, it doesn’t seem any useful debate will now take place.