Angry Opposition calls it insult of House, demands apology from PM Modi

Seeking the Prime Minister’s presence in the House, Opposition members said he should make statements inside the House and not attack them outside.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 26, 2016 5:22 am
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Seeking an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks against those critical of his government’s demonetisation decision, an angry Opposition did not let Parliament function Friday, saying he had accused them of “being in favour of black money”. The government, however, rejected their demand. Members of Congress, Trinamool Congress, SP, BSP and the Left created an uproar in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, taking strong objection to the Prime Minister’s remarks which they said was an “insult” of Parliament.

But the government was quick to counter. “Why should the Prime Minister apologise? Should the Prime Minister apologise because he has hit out at the corrupt?” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

In Rajya Sabha, BSP chief Mayawati objected to the Prime Minister’s remarks, saying he had made an allegation against the entire Opposition that they back black money. “Either he should prove it or apologise to the House. The Prime Minister is talking on the issue repeatedly outside the House, not inside the House. He is saying had the Opposition been given 72 hours before this decision, it would not have launched an attack on him. He has made an allegation that the Opposition is backing black money. He should apologise,” Mayawati said.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the manner in which the Prime Minister made allegations that the Opposition parties were in favour of black money was an “insult of the entire House, Parliament and all MPs”.

“How can the Prime Minister make an allegation that all parties are in favour of black money? We had even said yesterday, in the presence of the Prime Minister, that we are against black money,” he said.

Congress, Trinamool Congress and other Opposition members trooped to the well of the House, raising slogans and seeking an apology from the Prime Minister. To counter them, BJP members stepped into the aisles and also raised slogans.

Amid the din, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a notice under Rule 267, seeking suspension of business to take up discussion on the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, had been received from Azad. “I am ready to admit that motion provided you are ready for discussion,” he said.

Azad said his notice was conditional upon the Prime Minister coming to the House, listening to the entire debate and replying to it. But Modi, he said, did not return to the House after lunch hour Thursday.

Derek O’Brien (TMC) said everyone had opposed black money. “If anyone is opposing this policy, then it does not mean he is a saint and others are all devils,” he said, insisting that Modi come to the House and seek an apology.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav too said Modi had levelled a serious allegation and should apologise. Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said there could not be anything “more shameful” than the Prime Minister alleging that the entire Opposition was a supporter of black money.

The scene in Lok Sabha was no different. Opposition parties protested the Prime Minister’s remarks and demanded an apology. Amid the din, the House could take up only two questions during Question Hour before it was adjourned until noon, and later for the day. Seeking the Prime Minister’s presence in the House, Opposition members said he should make statements inside the House and not attack them outside.

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    MyTake
    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:07 am
    Let them cry for a while. Once they get the message things are not going to happen the way they used to be, they will have no choice but to give up! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They can only shed the crocodile tears only up to a limit and people already can feel the pion and effort they are putting into it! Let people have little bit of fun after so many decades!
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      aslam ali
      Nov 26, 2016 at 5:46 am
      FALSE PROPOA BY OPPOSITION, BECAUSE THEY ARE ONLY SUFFERING THATS WHY THEY ARE CRYING, WHY THEY HAVEN'T CRIED WHEN THERE WAS SERIALS OF SCAMS BEFORE THE END OF CONGRESS PERIOD, THEIR BLACK POCKETS ARE BURNT.
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        Amit Aggarwal
        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:54 am
        It seems if all of sudden only one person is honest Mr. Modi, only one party is reliable BJP and whoever will speak anything against them then they are anti-nationalists or supporting black money or having black money. I also support this move but lack of planning and right execution really suffering.
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          Karthik Reddy
          Nov 26, 2016 at 1:52 am
          Since 1947 all these parties has looted India and now they are scared that all looted money is useless.want to save that looted black money.Thats why all this "united" drama in Parliament.
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            Umesh Dash
            Nov 26, 2016 at 12:57 am
            Many of the opposition parties want to support black illegal money because they are dynasty parties and they can only survive with their sycophants with corruption, nepotism and favouritism. Their parties are not based upon merit of the people leading them, they are not lead by people who has rose to top seer hard work, honesty and devotion for development of country. Some of them supported anti national forces in various places. All will not be possible by the toughest measures of government
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              issac Pakkiasamy,Tamil
              Nov 26, 2016 at 1:34 am
              The gangs in opposition are the ones to pray Modi with apology .Modi is saving the nation from the corrupt anti national activities of the yester year rulers who are now sitting in the opposition.With this action the black money will vanish and the people in opposition.
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                Rock G
                Nov 26, 2016 at 6:15 am
                Don't apologies MR PM you are the best PM since independence. You have 90% support of the people. Am NRI and I support you even though I'm not a voter. Am proud of this Indian PM
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                  Mahan
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 2:08 am
                  If you all are against black money why didn't you do anything all these years?
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                    Manas Sarkar
                    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:01 am
                    PM is 200% correct..Just tell what common public think nowadays..
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                      Pillai
                      Nov 26, 2016 at 4:59 am
                      IF IT IS INSULT OF HOUSE, WHAT ABOUT ARREST OF MLAs AND MPs AT MANY OCCASIONS? IS IT NOT INSULT TO HOUSE? IS IT NOT ? ALL NONSENSE ARE CREATED IN HOUSE, TAKING SAFE HEAVEN WITH EXCUSE OF INSULT OF HOUSE !! RECEIVE RY AND ALLOWANCES MADE FROM THE PEOPLE AND DO NOTHING IN PARLIAMENT ! IS IT NOT INSULT TO THE HOUSE? THERE SHOULD BE LAW ENACTED FOR DISCIPLINE IN PARLIAMENT AND DRAWN A 'LAKSHMANAREKHA' FOR PROTESTS, WHETHER GENUINE OR OTHERWISE. THOSE WHO PROTEST MUST GO OUT FROM HOUSE, GIVING RESPET TO THE HOUSE. HERE WHAT HAPPENS IS CHEATING THE HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO COTINUE, IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY. THERE ARE VARIOUS REASONS FOR PROTESTS. AFTER BLOCKING HOUSE AND WASTING THE TIME OF IT FOR OVER 10 DAYS, WHY ARE NOW THEY GOING OUT AND STRIKING? IF STRIKING OUTSIDE IS GREATER THAN STRIKING IN THE PARLIAMENT HOUSE, WHY DID THEY NOT RESORT TO THE FORMER IN THE BEGINNING, THAN BLOCKING THE BUSINESS OF HOUSE. THE PARLIAMENT AND DEMOCRACY IS MEANT FOR THE PEOPOLE AND NOT MEANT FOR THESE GOONS, WICH THEY SHOULD NOT KNOW. WITH NO INVESTMENT, NO EDUCATION, NO PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, POLITICS BECAME THE EASY WAY TO AM MONEY, UNACCOUNTED MONEY WHERE WE FIND THOUSANDS OF SO CALLED LEADERS BECAME MILLIONAIRES WITH NO INVESTMENT. THE GOVT MUST GET INTO ACTION TO INVESTIGATE ALL THESE WEALTH AND DISTRIBUTE TO THE POORS. LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT POLITICS, DEMOCRACY AND MLA / MPs POSITION IS NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMING WEALTH FOR SELF AND FAMILY; BUT IT IS FOR THE WELL BEING OF THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE. FURTHER, GOVT SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY ATTEMPT TO INCREASE THE RY AND ALLOWANCES OF THESE SO CALLED PEOPLE REPRESENTATIVES ANYMORE. JUST BECAUSE, IT IS UNWARRANTED.
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                        Vihari Naidu
                        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:43 am
                        PM will issue his apology at the next Coldplay Concert. The apology will be livestreamed to the convcert and not to the parliament.
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                          Ramaguru Jakkala
                          Nov 26, 2016 at 2:04 am
                          PM never said opposition is backing black money. He only said Opposition is upset that they were not given time to prepare before banning currency.
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                            sailor
                            Nov 26, 2016 at 6:56 am
                            It is amusing to know that there is so much of the feeling of guilt among the opposition parties that they feel "insulted" when the PM states the obvious without naming anyone.
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                              Satish Choudhary
                              Nov 26, 2016 at 1:13 am
                              The PM is right. If not in favour of black money, why the ruckus by the opposition. Can't they see how the Valley has been calm after the demonitisation. For that alone, the entire country stands with the PM.
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                                Shiva
                                Nov 26, 2016 at 1:29 am
                                Opposition should understand PM Narendra Modi already shown he is above Politics. Like it or not APP Poll shows he will connect mes. INC, AAP and TMC are doomed. Some are realizing and some are DUMB.
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                                  san
                                  Nov 26, 2016 at 2:18 am
                                  There is no other way this could be executed.. Government cannot print cash just like that... It has to wait for the deposit and match the printing of the cash accordingly... Any money not exchanged will then be "virtually" credited to the government.... Bank cannot receive 100 notes before hand... It would have leaked out and there would have been a suion...The culprits would have been alerted..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi is far more honest than Any other politician in India.. The only politician who did not care abotu his votes - but cared about his country.. You will never get such a politician ever again...
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                                    ted
                                    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:06 am
                                    PM is only showing them a mirror as they support the statement of MMS that demonetization is legalised loot. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Demonetization can be legalised loot only if you hold that people have the right to have black money ; otherwise not, as only people having black money stand to lose in the demonetization exercise, no body else.
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                                      Vikram
                                      Nov 26, 2016 at 9:51 am
                                      TMC should keep its xtian analogy to himself. Regardless of what Modi meant, it is clear many of the opposition are hurt and support black money as they need to do their monkey business
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                                        Citizen
                                        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:43 am
                                        Appology no way. It is the gang that lootedthenation and their supporters and the leader who facilitated the SCAMS should do that tothe nation. Jaihind
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                                          vish
                                          Nov 26, 2016 at 1:19 am
                                          It is the opposition who need to apologise for not conducting themselves in a graceful manner in both the houses .They should learn how to behave in house as representatives of house .
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                                            vish
                                            Nov 26, 2016 at 12:38 am
                                            We have never seen such a low in politics and opposition is totally cluless about what they want ?
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