Opposition losing its credibility with rigid stand on demonetisation: Jitendra Singh

Singh pointed out that an adamant opposition is not allowing the Parliament to function smoothly despite repeated requests from the Centre.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published:November 25, 2016 12:55 pm
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Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on Friday reprimanded the opposition parties for their rigid stand in the Parliament post the demonetisation of high-value currency notes and said that they are gradually losing their credibility in the eyes of the general public.

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Singh pointed out that an adamant opposition is not allowing the Parliament to function smoothly despite repeated requests from the Centre. “Even after multiple requests from the Centre to the opposition, the house is not working. The people are closely watching the latest developments. The opposition is gradually losing its credibility with its rigid stand on this issue,” he said.

“The Prime Minister was present in the Rajya Sabha, but there was no debate post lunch. The opposition said that they would debate the matter only in the Prime Minister’s presence,” he added.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on his part lashed out at the opposition parties for deciding to observe November 28 as ‘Akrosh Divas’ and said that the disruptions despite Prime Minister Modi’s presence in Parliament has exposed the Congress.

“Prime Minister Modi was yesterday present for one hour in the house, but the opposition still created ruckus. These moves are exposing the Congress in front of the people,” he said.

“The Congress is left with no agenda and topic for discussion,” he added.

Meanwhile, both the houses of Parliament have been adjourned till noon as a united opposition demanded an apology from Prime Minister Modi over his remarks that those questioning the demonetisation drive are favoring black money.

Prime Minister Modi earlier in the day defended the government’s decision to demonetise 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes and said that some are angry on the initiative as they were not informed before the decision was considered.

Speaking after releasing two books on Constitution in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said those who are criticizing the demonetisation move don’t have problem with the government’s preparedness, but they are having problems because they didn’t get time to prepare for turning their black money into white.