Those accusing govt of not being prepared for demonetisation were themselves not ready: PM Modi

On Thursday, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, in his first remarks on demonetisation, called the scheme a case of 'monumental mismanagement', 'organised loot' and 'legalised plunder.'

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 25, 2016 6:53 pm
demonetisation, narendra modi, modi news, modi on demonetisation, cash crunch, currency crisis, narendra modi news, Rs 500 note, Rs 1000 note Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, delivers a speech after the awards ceremony of National Awards for Excellence in Journalism in New Delhi (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, File)

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.

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    Onkar Singh
    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:46 am
    Please read Economic and Political Weekly 19 Nov,2016,you may find news in it which may be music to your ears to find that the former CM of Gujarat had received bribe from two business houses.So,is bribe money,white or black money? please ask Modi?
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      Onkar Singh
      Nov 25, 2016 at 8:17 am
      Today Modi is an embodiments of corruption and a protector of those who generate black money.It news doing the rounds in market that Modi as CM of Gujarat had received bribe from two business houses.And the govt is tightly sitting on the files.Adani ,a friend of Modi,is involved in a money laundering case,and Modi is doing everything in his power to save him.So,where is Modi fighting black money?
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        Haren
        Nov 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm
        He is not prepared what a moron question?lt;br/gt;No, he was well prepared not to give any hint to anybody not even bank managers and bank clerks, who might get suspious, why they are calibrating ATM or why they are receiving new 500 and 2000 notes before nov. 8th.lt;br/gt;Do you think that he would give 72 hours notice to all corrupt guys and terrorist from stan?lt;br/gt;He gave them one year grace period to disclose black money and they did not comply.lt;br/gt;And in India people die, even in kumbh mela or in rally for politicians or in stampede of fake rumors. They are unruly to get ahead of everybody.
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          Haren
          Nov 26, 2016 at 11:51 am
          black money is fake economy and poor people are biggest victim of it, with sky rocketing of price of everything.
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            VP Joshi
            Nov 25, 2016 at 11:16 am
            Government had not prepared properly for demonetisation, says opposition. Opposition was not prepared, says government! How strange, what should the opposition have prepared for?
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              VP Joshi
              Nov 25, 2016 at 6:18 am
              What harm is there in taking the help of former PM and other well wishers to set the position right, instead of calling them names? America is your friend, but none nearer home?
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                Shoukath
                Nov 26, 2016 at 1:39 am
                And blaming others to be faithful or loyal to country actually these are the real terrorist. They should be put on trial.
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                  Shoukath
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 1:48 am
                  It's shame on media part who are corrupt and singing bjp tunes , media should be neutral but took huge bribes the owners of news channels and newspapers and bjp songs. Shame .
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