Demonetisation debate: Manmohan Singh performing duty to his leadership, mocks BJP

Lashing out at the previous UPA government, Rao said that the reality is that this move was also considered by the UPA, but they didn’t have the political authority to go ahead.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 2:16 pm
manmohan singh, demonetisation, manmohan speaks, parliament, demonetisation debate, black money, winter session, narendra modi, new notes, arun jaitley, indian express news, india news Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (File Photo)

Taking a swipe at the Congress Party and former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the former was only performing “his duty to his leadership” and not performing the duty for the people of India by speaking the truth. BJP leader G V L Narsimha Rao told ANI that in reality, Singh was personally demonetised by the Congress Party in 2004 and his mind had been totally conditioned by party president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi.

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“He doesn’t have the authority to speak his mind, he never took a stand as Prime Minister, and he never questioned his party leadership. He was a nominee Prime Minister nominated by Sonia Gandhi, and today, when he makes certain allegation against the present government; he is actually reflecting and speaking the mind of Rahul Gandhi. He is only performing his duty to his leadership and not performing the duty for the people of India by speaking the truth,” he said.

Lashing out at the previous UPA government, Rao said that the reality is that this move was also considered by the UPA, but they didn’t have the political authority to go ahead. “Dr Manmohan Singh lacked the leadership mettle to take a decision of its kind. And as regards cash transactions, his own government at one time had brought in a cash transaction tax. So for Manmohan Singh to question this decision is high risk political opportunism and, we expect Singh to speak like an economist, speak like a statesman, but he spoke like Rahul Gandhi,” he added.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes an “organised loot and legalised plunder.” Singh said that while he didn’t disagree with the objective of the government, a “monumental mismanagement has taken place.”

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“Even supporters speak of the long run. Those who say demonetisation is good in the long run, should recall the quote: ‘In the long run, we are all dead’,” he said during the discussion on demonetisation.

Meanwhile, Criticising the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led-NDA government for poor implementation of the demonetisation of high-value currency notes, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have taken the views of his predecessor Manmohan Singh seriously as he is an eminent economist before implementing the scheme.

Thackeray said there is no meaning in the Prime Minister getting emotional and shedding tears during his speeches, adding the latter should have instead made efforts to wipe out the tears of the general public.

Both Houses of Parliament were on Thursday adjourned over the demonetisation issue. The Rajya Sabha resumed discussion on scrapping of high value currency notes in the presence of Prime Minister Modi in the pre-lunch session. The House could not carry out the same in the post-lunch session as the Congress members insisted on the Prime Minister’s presence throughout the debate.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley charged the opposition with looking for new reasons to run away from the debate.

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    vr
    Nov 25, 2016 at 7:11 am
    Is Demonetisation, which resulted in 34 deaths ( a week ago ) an economically sound decision ??lt;br/gt;"Though My Countrymen are dead I hav put an end to Black money in my country"lt;br/gt;Is this what Makes Modiji an eminent leader ??🤔
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      Bodan
      Nov 25, 2016 at 5:39 am
      MMS is a big liability for India. He misused his position as a PM encouraging loot of the nation, and now he is misusing his former position as an economist to spread misleading ideas.
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        Emmanuel
        Nov 25, 2016 at 4:48 am
        Muh khola to bhi, India ke against hi bola.
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          JS Minhas
          Nov 25, 2016 at 6:52 am
          He has been conditioned to speak only "His Master's Voice". I don't remember any economically sound decision taken by him during his 10 years tenure as PM.
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            Priyank
            Nov 25, 2016 at 4:39 am
            Finally ManMute singh finds his voice which he had lost when he was a puppet of the hi family when he was the PM
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              nitin
              Nov 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm
              Man Mohan may be a giant economist, a very learned man etc.etc. what is the use if he could not put his learnings to work or execute.. A chai wala is better who has will and atude to bring difference..
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                M Ramesh
                Nov 25, 2016 at 7:47 am
                Have you thought about how many people die because of the consequences of corruption? Say, a fly-over collapses, a train derails, a bus falls into a ditch, because some politician or a contractor or a bureaucrat took cash for himself, leaving less money for proper execution of the project--isn't corruption responsible for all the deaths? Now, you will say this demonetisation move will not end black money or corruption. True, but it is one of the steps, a big step, and needs to be encouraged. Also, don't ignore the economic benefits such as better tax collections leading on to fiscal consolidation, leading on to lowering of interest rates, interest rates also falling due to banks now having more funds, better tax compliance culture in future, underground economy coming to the surface and getting counted in GDP numbers.....! There are two kinds of people who oppose this move -- (i) those who have black money and (ii) those who are plain stupid.
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                  rohan
                  Nov 25, 2016 at 6:31 am
                  bjp is good only at mocking others and good for nothing else !
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