Demonetisation: Mayawati slams govt, calls JPC probe

Mayawati alleged that the government has political interest behind the decision and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe in the matter.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 16, 2016 5:44 pm
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BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday slammed the government for ‘poor implementation’ of the demonetisation policy. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the first day of Parliament’s winter session, she said, “PM said the government has been preparing for demonetisation since 10 months, that is enough time. Still the situation is out of control.”

The fact is that these 10 months were used to handle black money accumulated by BJP leaders and industrialists, Mayawati said. Taking potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his emotional appeal in Goa recently, she said, “Agar tayari puri hoti to bhavnatmak drama nahi karna padta, na apni buddhi maa ko line me khada karna padta.” During a rally in Goa, the PM broke into tears, saying he had given up everything, even his family, in the service of the nation. On Tuesday, PM Modi’s 96-year-old mother had visited a bank in Ahmedabad to exchange currency notes. Though the opposition called the move a political drama staged by the PM, others on social media hailed her mother.

She alleged that the government has political interest behind the decision and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe in the matter. “We welcome this decision. But this decision has been taken in haste and without full preparation. The government should have taken full preparation before taking this decision. Our party is concerned about the hurdles and problems the common people are facing due to this decision. Our party would seek a response on this matter from the government,” she added.

Ever since the government announced scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the opposition has united to corner the Centre in Parliament. They are now planning to move an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha tomorrow. Opposition leaders said the move is being planned to highlight the hardship caused to people including farmers, labourers and small traders due to demonetisation of high-value currency notes. They said it is also to express concern over the “leakage” of the decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. (With inputs from ANI, PTI)