Countering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that he was not being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha, the Opposition on Saturday accused him of “peddling untruths” and “running away from Parliament”.
“Modiji people are tired of monologues. I urge you to honestly face Parliament & answer our questions,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
The party’s Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, said Modi was “peddling untruths”. “It is he who has pushed the country into this situation. So he has to give clarifications… he is accountable,” said Sharma.
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“Nobody has prevented the PM from speaking. He should not mislead the people. The Opposition’s only demand is that he should listen to us and answer our questions. If he respects Parliament, why didn’t he make all other announcements related to demonetisation in Parliament, instead of outside,” Sharma said.
“He is running away from Parliament and not allowing the debate,” said CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
“The Prime Minister is not coming to the House to speak on the matter as he will be asked questions which he wants to avoid. At a public meeting, he says whatever he wants to say and does not have to answer questions,” said Congress Rajya Sabha member Pramod Tiwari.
“Let him come to the House and participate in the debate throughout the day on Wednesday. But we definitely don’t want him to come like a guest, and leave soon after making his remarks… He should stay in the House and listen to all that we say,” said SP leader Naresh Agrawal.
“He is the Leader of the Lok Sabha. Who can stop him from coming to Parliament,” said JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav.
“Let the ruling party take the initiative and resolve the issue… Parliament cannot function smoothly without the initiative of the ruling party. Nobody in the Opposition has opposed the demonetisation move… but we are highlighting the inconvenience to people,” he said.
Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said: “The PM is factually incorrect. He does not want to start the discussion and is passing the buck.”
Meanwhile, TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “Modi babu knows that #DeMonetisation (has) now derailed. Except giving bhashan, he has no solution.”