Parties who were once a part of every scandal are now opposing demonetisation: Arun Jaitley

"Our stand is clear. There must be a discussion on the issue," Arun Jaitley told reporters.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 7:33 pm
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the opposition, which hounded the government in Parliament over its demonetisation move, had more noise and little substance. Stressing that the government is confident about the steps it took against corruption and black money, Jaitley said the opposition’s strategy is to disrupt, not debate.

“First day, it was a debate without any pre-conditions. From the next day onwards, they started putting unreasonable conditions and it continues,” said Jaitley as he addressed reporters in Parliament. Targeting the Congress, Jaitley said, “Parties who were once a part of every scandal in the country are now opposing demonetisation…those who didn’t consider scandals to be a blunder are now considering demonetisation a blunder.”

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“Our stand is clear. There must be a discussion on the issue,” the finance minister told reporters after a pre-lunch session in Rajya Sabha in which opposition leaders like Manmohan Singh, Derek O’Brien and Naresh Agarwal berated the government for its lack of planning behind the move to withdraw old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

In the session that was attended by prime minister Narendra Modi in the morning today, Singh said the move to demonetise high-value currency notes reflected ‘monumental mismanagement’ and a ‘case of organised loot.’ The former prime minister pilloried the government for putting common people, especially farmers and those in the unorganised sector, in peril.

O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress pleaded with the government to work together to find a solution to the problems of the common people.

“This is not an ego battle, we need to find a solution. It is good that you have come to us after five days. We cannot find a solution with someone with hubris. In all humility, I appeal to the prime minister. People are suffering, please take our suggestions,” said the Trinamool leader.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm
    Sabne Scandal kiye isliye inhone Mother of all Scandal kar diye
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      Onkar Singh
      Nov 24, 2016 at 11:05 am
      Demonetization has made BJP rich by the crores (unlimited,for now) because they planned over the last ten months to take this step.When they spend money on their election campaigns in UP and Punjab,we will know the quantum,they converted their black money into white.This concept of black money is BJP's,they are painting the entire quantum of Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- denominational notes as black money.But my question to Mr.Jaitley is now there is news available in the market during the rounds that Modi took money from two business houses as CM of Gujarat,will he initiate action against the PM? as per law of the country,or sit on the files?and not even not initiate investigation?Money laundering is a economic offence.Adani is involved in a money laundering case,and PM Modi is not taking any action,why? The PM Modi is a protector of those who are involved in generating black money.So ,Mr.Jaitley your govt is also part of scams as much as the Congress,both the main parties are two sides of the same coin of corruption and supporters of perpetrators of black money.For the present it's the common man who is the sufferer.Havent seen or heard a BJP standing in the queue to change his old notes? So,the rulers,with prior knowledge had changed their notes.Actually,the ruling party enjoys all the comforts and the pain is for the poor and the common man.And Modi fielded his mother to exchange notes for the entire country!!!She absorbed all the sufferings of the senior citizens!!!How many gimmicks you have up your sleeves,Mr.Modi ?
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        Nov 24, 2016 at 12:34 pm
        Jaitley, please put your money were your mouth is. Yiu are ruling but were is the money you say the UPA looted. It is 12 lakh crore. This guy is good in Rhetoric.
        1. Barb Dewyre
          Nov 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm
          Corruption and mismanagement are two issues. While one may lead to the other, remedies for the two are different. Congress was booted out for corruption but the current crisis is due to mismanagement of the demonetization. BJP is guilty of mismanagement.
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            Chandu Shah
            Nov 24, 2016 at 1:46 pm
            Opposition to Modi'S policies have a lot to worry. They have a lot of black money for election bribery
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