Constitution doesn’t allow PM Modi to deprive citizens of their money: Anand Sharma

The House began and ended with Opposition demands for PM Modi’s presence for resuming the discussion on demonetisation.

Written by Manoj C G , Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2016 12:25 pm
demonetisation, pm modi, narendra modi, modi demonetisation, modi parliament, lok sabha modi, modi demonetisation parliament, congress demonetisation protest, india news, parliament session, indian express news “It is illegal and there is no law under which this has been done,” Anand Sharma said. (Source: PTI Photo)

On the ninth consecutive day that Rajya Sabha was paralysed, Congress leader Anand Sharma invoked the Constitution to attack the government over demonetisation. Azad raised a point of order, saying the Constitution specifically says a person cannot be deprived of his property by the government. He questioned how the government is depriving the country and the common man of their own money in bank accounts by limiting withdrawals.

“It is illegal and there is no law under which this has been done,” Sharma said. “Even the Constitution does not allow the prime minister or the government to deprive the citizens of their money and property, especially bank accounts. Not one bill was tabled in the House. The prime minister and the government must answer,” he said.

The House began and ended with Opposition demands for the prime minister’s presence for resuming the discussion on demonetisation. In the morning, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said “Akrosh Diwas” is being observed across the country because of the prime minister’s announcement. He said it is the prime minister who is responsible for the situation and added the government had claimed the situation would improve in a week but nothing has changed.

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The Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav said workers are dying, factories and shops closing down and the weaker sections are facing problems. Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the Opposition has no monopoly over the House and alleged it does not want to take part in the discussion. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the opposition is not opposing currency withdrawal but the crackdown on black money.

With the Opposition demanding an apology from the prime minister for making statements outside the House attacking the Opposition, Naqvi said the PM need not apologise. “Why should he apologise… for breaking the back of black money hoarders and unmasking the corrupt… Should he apologise for empowering the poor and the weaker sections…. You should be apologising for what you are doing,” he said.

Amid slogans from both sides, the House had to be adjourned thrice in the morning. When Rajya Sabha met again at 2 pm, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman placed a notification on behalf of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley providing for exemption of central excise duty for the manufacture of PoS (Point of Sale) devices.

Soon after this, SP leader Naresh Agrawal raised a point of order. As he started, he made certain comments about the treasury benches which were objected to. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien eventually expunged the remark after listening to both sides. After Anand Sharma raised his point of order, Azad said this is the first time such an announcement has been made and the PM has not given a statement in the Parliament. He said some are saying the Cabinet was not informed and even the finance minister did not know. “Then how can he (finance minister) reply to the points raised by us. The prime minister should be here,” Azad said.

He said Modi can come to the Parliament library for events and address every rally in Uttar Pradesh but can’t come to the House. Naqvi said the government is ready for discussion like always. “You failed with your Aakrosh Diwas on the streets, so now you are disrupting the House proceedings,” he said. In the din, Kurien adjourned the House until Tuesday morning.

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First Published on: November 29, 2016 2:33 am
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    Amol
    Nov 29, 2016 at 7:37 pm
    I disagree overwhelmingly.. had our fore fathers seemed comfort over hardships, this Country wouldn't have been rescued from clutches of England.
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      Anupam
      Nov 29, 2016 at 7:04 am
      Congress has no right to question anyone because it has lost that right in last 60 years. India was on its knees internationally. In last 15 years China became a superpower just because we killed our production capabilities. Indians are the most talented when it comes to business but Congress always believed in maintaining a status quo. Just bloody vote bank politics. lt;br/gt;Our money is still out money. Just the idea of spending it has changed.lt;br/gt;Also people like small time trader are in problem as they will come in tax structure and which they should be. People can buy apple phone; latest gadgets but no card machine for there own shop saying it's complicated. Food for thought. lt;br/gt;60 years we have looked back with our eyes closed and this is what we have got. lt;br/gt;Parliament. What parliament. It has not functioned since last 2.5 years. Let's close it. Atleast I will save some taxes. Opposition is a dharna party.
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        indian
        Nov 29, 2016 at 4:20 am
        Scamgress, consution doesn't allow u to thieve: 2g, cwg, coal, chopper, bofors, fodder, adarsh, tatra, vadra land.
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          Chander Pal
          Nov 29, 2016 at 9:50 am
          Two points written in the consution and in our 'janam kundali'. 1. That a non Indian can run the government with a head clerk and without PM. 2. We the people of India and our descendants have to pay for life time luxury living for the fake hi family giving them accommodation in Lutyens Delhi along with 5 star 3 ring security cover.
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            Dinesh
            Dec 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm
            Anand you must be spoon for Congress by the way where did you hide your Black Money which paid by Congress
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              Dinesh
              Dec 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm
              Anuradha Kalyan you must be most stupid woman with your Comment you stupid Congress pig
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                Gopi Chand
                Nov 29, 2016 at 4:07 am
                If Mr Sharma thinks Govt went above Consution then he and his party can challenge Govt in court. This statement of Anand Sharma shows his party desperate situation as they several crore rupees ill gotten wealth became
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                  SURESH
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                  Nobody is denying white money but only black money.
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                    SURESH
                    Nov 29, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                    Why are Congress and other parties running away from a debate in Rajya Sabha after initiating on 16-11-2016 on one pretext or the other?
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                      MyTake
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 9:01 pm
                      What happened to the brief case with dollar bills?
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                        MyTake
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 12:10 am
                        You rascal change the consution where necessary!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;From now on nothing will save your day! You have done enough of mocking of the people and now it is people's turn! Don't be intolerant!
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                          MyTake
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 5:03 am
                          Mr. Sharma! Modi policy will cause the mafia and the crooks alike to have heart attacks then fall dead in their track!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then he will make them to walk dead to their graves!
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                            Relived
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 7:42 am
                            Is he referring to the same consution when the UPA was in power.? and where are the restrictions in issuing a cheque or using electronic means , all though though he knows that there are no restrictions ( other than cash , that too temporary) he is deliberately misguiding the gulliable. It is because of such people that our country can not progress.
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                              Piyush
                              Nov 29, 2016 at 5:12 am
                              Consution does not allow jijaji 2g cwg loot...but u did it anyway...
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                                Rajib Nath
                                Nov 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                Vote the great CM of Delhi as PM
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                                  Rajib Nath
                                  Nov 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                                  Why can't you withdraw money? Who said so?
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                                    RR
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 12:53 am
                                    There is something wrong horribly as the ATM does not have any money. Also the cash in the bank is less. Yesterday, in the bank we were told that only Rs.5000 can be withdrawn.
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                                      Ind
                                      Nov 29, 2016 at 4:28 am
                                      Govt has duty to tell the parliament and people under which law this demonetisation has been done because there is no such law in RBI Acts or nowhere it is in the Consution. It's surprising no one has gone to Court against the decision itself. This is an unprecedented overreach of the Govt. This puts our consution in serious jeopardy.
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                                        Viswanath
                                        Nov 29, 2016 at 2:35 am
                                        Suddenly the ConGress scamsters have become consution experts.Under what consution did these guys loot the people money during their rule?
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                                          Atis Mitra
                                          Nov 29, 2016 at 2:09 am
                                          We have a great consution written by also great people, which can be interpreted in any way you like depending on masculine patriotism and voice without any scientific reasons
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                                            Amit Aggarwal
                                            Nov 29, 2016 at 3:02 am
                                            Does consution allows scams? All parties are very indulged into corruption not to mention BJP too. Outrage is more coming political parties than common people. Suffering are temporary i feel but impact must be permanent. This is looking like a thoughtful but real bad executive as it was a decision in an excitement by thinking about one particular cl who are making online payments or using cards but what about the rural areas? Strict implementation is always an issue here as officials don't support and their behavior is under a big question and concern.
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