Fix the mess is chorus from Opposition, Govt replies: Which side are you on?

The government hit back, saying the step was in “national interest” and those opposing it will be asked if “they support black money and corruption”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 1:30 pm
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As reports came in of logistical problems in making cash available in the interiors of the country where there’s already rural distress, the debate over the demonetisation of higher denomination currency notes moved to Parliament Wednesday where battlelines were drawn on the very first day of the winter session.

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While there was unstated consensus on the decision to weed out black money, the Opposition questioned the methodology adopted and attacked the government for being “insensitive” to the problems being faced by people in the wake of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes going out of circulation.

The government hit back, saying the step was in “national interest” and those opposing it will be asked if “they support black money and corruption”. It said the “buzz word across the country” was that this “inconvenience” is “temporary pain for long-term gain”.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the step to scrap the notes was taken on the basis of the decision of the Reserve Bank of India board.

Somewhat stumped by the readiness of the government to discuss the issue, the Opposition closed ranks in Rajya Sabha — Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after obituary references — to try and corner the government. Congress leader Anand Sharma sought a probe into what he called “selective leak” of the decision before its announcement and said the entire country had been painted as criminals.

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Highlighting “lack of preparedness” for implementing this measure, BSP chief Mayawati said an “economic emergency” had been imposed, that there was “restlessness among people” and the most affected were the poor, farmers, small traders and the middle class.

Targeting the Prime Minister and maintaining that his measures will not curb black money and corruption, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury drew from the French revolution to make his point: “We have Modi Antoinette who says ‘if you don’t have paper, use plastic’.”

Leading the government counter, Goyal said the entire country had welcomed the decision. He said only some were upset because they had been hit by the move. “For the first time, the honest have been honoured and the dishonest have suffered losses.”

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As Sharma pointed out that monetary policy was the domain of the RBI, Goyal said the Prime Minister had the right to take a decision and there was never a situation for an ordinance to be brought. “RBI formulates the monetary policy and the Reserve Bank board took the decision. And on the basis of that decision, the 500 and 1,000 notes were scrapped,” he said.

Apart from weeding out black money and curbing corruption, the demonetisation step, Goyal said, would make the economy honest, ensure full payment of taxes, and rein in interest rates, inflation and tax rates.

Details of those who had stashed money abroad, he said, could not be revealed since it would impair an ongoing probe. After this move, he said, every individual will think twice before indulging in corruption and black money.

“It is in the interest of the nation… So if somebody says we are opposed to this… then it is natural for someone to ask, are they supporting black money and corruption that they are opposing such a good move.”

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu too took on the Opposition later: “The country is watching who is saying what. The benchmark is who is opposing transformation and who is backing it. Is hoarding and circulating black money a fundamental right? Some are unfortunately opposing even the basic principles. I ask the Congress, come out of your dilemma and tell us which side you are. Are you in favour of smugglers and hoarders of black money?”

Earlier, speaking to the media at Parliament House, the Prime Minister called for a fruitful session. “I feel a very good debate will take place in this session too. All parties will have the best of contribution. Best of efforts will be made to take all parties along in completing government business. We are ready for an open debate which will lead to good and important decisions,” he said.

Modi recalled that during the monsoon session, Parliament took an important step for realisation of the dream of “one country, one tax”.

Alluding to the passage of the Constitutional amendment Bill to facilitate the Goods and Services Tax, he said: “That day too, I had thanked all parties. When all parties work together in national interest, good decisions are taken and they are taken fast. It also gives good results.”

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    Dhawan
    Nov 17, 2016 at 4:26 am
    Modi has pushed the country towards Doomsday. People are transfering thousands of crores though Stock Markets to Foreign Countries. Indian Currency going down every ping day. Real estate sector has no buyer. Consumers have no money for basic needs. Only work Modi doing is preparing for UP, Punjab, Goa, and Gujarat election. Famers who were already committing suicide will now m suicide. Nothing Good is coming and nothing good will come. Modi has put he country to the point of no return. Those who say is for good of common people are liars. It is not even good for Modi and BJP who could have to flee to foreign countries if Civil War break out as a result of endless suffering of people
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      Jassis
      Nov 17, 2016 at 4:15 am
      Only Adani and Ambani will benefit. Don't lie.
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        Satendra kumar
        Nov 17, 2016 at 12:58 am
        The ordinary citizen or the opposition each and everyone in the country is enjoying the system of demonetisation.Having enchanted new security note getting rid of old ones within timeframe making availability for new notes(system of governance) to every citizen of India making effective distribution system analysing the method and system for sacrificing all resource the strength dedication intelligence support for demonetisations work.I think the central government is doing superb job.
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          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
          Nov 17, 2016 at 5:31 am
          Every one in the world accepts it''s a bold move, except our corrupt opposition,---bill gates praised modi and said its a bold move towards digital India,----Hope these useless scammers of opposition are reading world headlines,----PM sir MODIJI and BJP--NDA,--will surely change the DNA of India.
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            MyTake
            Nov 17, 2016 at 1:14 am
            Best to collect old 500 and 1000 Rupee notes for use in next year's Dussehra! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That's the only place they can be useful and may be even they can sell it for some money!
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              MyTake
              Nov 17, 2016 at 1:08 am
              Opposition is scared if that step works (99 % chance it will) they will be buried alive for generations. They, therefore, have to stop Modi at any cost!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Second outcome will be if they can make Modi stop it will really create a big big mess and that really be in their interest. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Option, therefore, left for Modi is push it harder with force never seen before! There really is no second Choice for Modi!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Advice for opposition: if you are really sure Modi is on wrong track why you are complaining? Why not wait for him to fail, if you are so sure? And then take advantage of it! There is an inherent contradiction in what you are saying and what you are doing! Did BJP complain when AAPtards came with Odd/Even formula? Have not the AAPtards failed without BJP having to waste its energy?
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                Puneet Pandey
                Nov 17, 2016 at 2:34 am
                Just wait after december 30, people will be on street for revolution. Today they are desperate to exchange their hard earned money. BJP Leader Reddy Celeberating her daughter marriage using Rs. 500 crores in Karnataka yesterday. RSS inaugrating Rs. 1000 Crore new head office two days ago. Rs. 7000 Crores Loan of Vijay Mallaya being written off by SBI Chief on BJP request. 33 death of poor on streets to cash their money. Many more to come by december 30 deadline. How this is beneftting Middle Cl and Poor this only BJP agents trolls know who call it a success spreading lies and rumours.
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                  Raman
                  Nov 17, 2016 at 3:27 am
                  When Modi Government Failed they used this last car on general public. Modi and Rajnath are busy for rallies for UP election paying thousand of crores from black money to bring paid crowd. Election was the reason for impulsive action of Modi. People dying in Queues Modi is addressing Election rallies.
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