The Delhi Assembly Tuesday passed a resolution against the central government’s move to demonetise higher currency notes and urged President Pranab Mukherjee to direct the central government to withdraw the scheme.
During the debate on the resolution, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the demonetisation scheme “ill-conceived, unscientific and draconian”. Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta and BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan were marshalled out of the house as soon as the debate began — after the House observed two minutes of silence for those who have lost their lives, allegedly due to the demonetisation drive.
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The emergency session of the assembly began on a stormy note and had to be adjourned for 15 minutes, amid slogans against the PM by AAP MLAs. Kejriwal alleged that Modi had failed to act against black money in the country.
“Janardhan Reddy was named in the mining scam. Papers have reported that Rs 500 crore is being spent on a wedding. He doesn’t have problem in exchanging old currency. Traders are raided by Income Tax and no one is raiding Reddy’s daughter’s wedding. Why is CBI not going there?” Kejriwal said.
The Delhi CM also said that Modi was protecting “his friends”. “I held a press conference and revealed the names of the 648 people who have accounts in Swiss banks. But Modiji did not write a letter to the Swiss government. No action has been taken against them. The Panama list has the names of Modi’s friends and that’s why no action has been taken,” he said.
Participating in the discussion, AAP’s Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan said that Modi will not understand the pain being faced by families due to demonetisation.
“Modiji does not have a wife and kids and thus he does not know how people are feeding their families,” he said. Gupta objected to the remarks but the speaker adjourned the house due to the commotion. He also called the House ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘beyond jurisdiction of Delhi’.
“In the past 22 years, the House was called only three times and all issues pertained to Delhi. But in these two years, the House has been called half a dozen times and none of the issues pertain to Delhi,” said Gupta. He even challenged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to file FIRs if he has proof of “selective leaking of the demonitisation decision”, as he has been alleging.