Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday defended the government’s decision to demonetise high value currency notes, saying that the decision was a ‘required surgery’ and will benefit the common man in the long run. “Decision will benefit people in the long run, dishonest will fall in line. This is a required surgery which is being done in the country, for a better India,” said the Union Minister.
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Naidu also took potshots at the Aam Aadmi Party. “Aam Aadmi Party naraz ho sakti hai, par aam aadmi naraz nahi hai (The Aam Aadmi Party can be angry but the not the common),” said Venkaiah Naidu.
The government’s decision to withdraw currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8. PM Modi said that the move was implemented to weed out black money from the country.
Within first 10 days of its implementation, the demonetisation move has received backlash from various sections of society as many are forced to stand in long queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw cash. The opposition has taken this opportunity to attack the Centre on the issue. Both the houses of the Parliament were adjourned Friday due to continuous protests by the opposition.