Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday that those who accused the government of not being prepared for demonetisation were themselves not ready. His remarks came at a book release function at the Parliament complex.
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“The common man has become a soldier against corruption and black money,” the PM stressed amid repeated opposition attacks on the government. The Centre, on November 8, withdrew currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in a surprise announcement in a bid to flush out black money and weed out corruption. A united opposition, in both Houses of Parliament, has berated the government for putting common people in peril by making them stand in long queues outside banks and ATMs ever since the announcement. More than 60 people have reportedly died in incidents linked to demonetisation.
On Thursday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, in his first remarks on demonetisation, called the move a case of ‘monumental mismanagement’, ‘organised loot’ and ‘legalised plunder.’ He asked PM Modi to come up with practical and pragmatic solutions to relieve common people of their distress.
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While PM Modi was present in Rajya Sabha for the demonetisation debate in the pre-lunch session, he was targeted by the opposition for missing the rest of the session. The opposition parties led by the Congress have clamoured for a statement by the prime minister on the demonetisation move. BSP chief Mayawati even challenged the prime minister to dissolve the current Lok Sabha and go for fresh elections seeking a new mandate. She rubbished the survey that was conducted on the Narendra Modi app asking people for their views on demonetisation.