Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continued absence from Parliament’s Winter Session. Hinting at PM Modi’s address at Coldplay concert on Saturday, Gandhi said that the PM has time to attend ‘pop concerts’ but not Parliament. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi can speak on TV, pop concerts, then why not in Parliament,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
The Opposition parties are demanding for PM Modi’s participation in the House debate on the government’s demonetisation move. But PM Modi has so far chosen to not skip the first four days of the Parliamentary Winter Session. Earlier, Congress leader and former Union Minister Anand Sharma also claimed that the government’s demonetisation move was “illegal” and said the government did not have the right to impose limitations on legal money. “What is happening in India is continuing illegality. White money is being accounted. Nobody can impose limitations on it white money that is being accounted,” he said. “If PM Modi is saying that 86% currency in this country is black then it is a very shameful statement,” he added.
The government’s demonetisation move has led to a cash crunch, forcing people to stand in long and serpentine queues to withdraw or exchange money. The policy has given the Opposition a chance to corner the government in Parliament.