PM Modi slams opposition for not allowing debate on demonetisation

The resolution, proposed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and seconded by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also asked the opposition to allow the debate to take place.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2016 7:48 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday flayed the opposition for its “undemocratic” act of not allowing a debate on the demonetisation issue even as he asserted that the “major reform” exercise had the support of the people. In his remarks made at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, he said Parliament in the past decades has debated a number of government decisions, which had caused tensions and social conflict, but it was now deadlocked by rival parties over a “constructive decision” like demonetisation.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, who briefed reporters about the meeting, however, did not elaborate about the past decisions being referred to by the Prime Minister.

Asserting that India is moving towards less-cash and a digital economy, Modi asked MPs to spread awareness about it in a similar manner they do so about EVMs and voters-list during elections.

‘Janshakti’ (people’s support) is with the government on demonetisation, he said. “What some opposition parties are doing is undemocratic and the issue should be debated in Parliament.”

The Parliamentary Party also passed a resolution condemning opposition parties as it accused them of “shifting goal posts”. The party in the resolution also hailed people for their support.

The resolution, proposed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and seconded by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, also asked the opposition to allow the debate to take place.

Kumar named Congress and TMC among the parties stalling Parliament.

“Opposition parties are doing so for no valid reason and as part of a political agenda. We have made it clear that the Prime Minister will speak in both the Houses but they keep changing the goal posts,” he said.

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan made a presentation during the meeting about his ministry’s work to move towards less-cash and digital transactions. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also spoke about how Goa government is working to ensure that 60 per cent of transactions in the state are cashless. He is also the former state Chief Minister.

The meeting also condoled the death of several luminaries, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Cho Ramaswamy, journalist and commentator, RSS functionary and former Governor Bhai Mahavir among others.

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  1. S
    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:42 am
    There seems to be a strategy by opposition to see no debate since BJP-Modi will score and will come out victor that is the insecurity and deadlock hence.
    1. H
      Harsh kumar
      Dec 7, 2016 at 9:16 am
      Opposition should stay united and lay down the Implementation flaws on the floor of the house.Parliament should function and debate must be allowed.Not allowing the debate is and shouting slogans is meaningless.Have a healthy debate which can come up with some corrective measures .Please don't put terms and conditions,and STOP SHOUTING MEANINGLESS SLOGANS and show some action and let the house function and let democracy prevail.
      1. P
        Dec 7, 2016 at 9:46 am
        the fkgng goondaas of bjp are bloking this debate purposely but blame opposition to gain sympathy this suver hitler naren damodar modi has ruined this country and development reversed backwards 10 years poor people have gone more poor and bjp goondaas have ammed wealth at the expence of middlecl and farmers this wild suver amit shahj raand jet lee are just stooges hitler modi has shut their;br/gt;indians are really suffering modi kutta has created more black money noe compare to prior to;br/gt;all bjp chaddis and gang members have millions of black money in their homes . what is the ffate of india pakl is killing jawaans every day and this fking bania suver modi is hifing in his house china has build forts on indian teritotary but this suver narenmodi is just hiding behind smriti and hema.shame on indian army and people of india tollerating this junglee goondaa narendamodarmodi naffat ugly pm.
        1. K
          Dec 7, 2016 at 9:45 am
          Let there be a discussion in the parliament and it was informed that the Prime Minister will intervene if need arises.The opposition should cooperate and discuss thread bare about the demonetization.Without discussion and insisting on some rules for voting is absurd and lot of time got wasted .Hope the opposition understands and allow the debate to happen and also cooperate in ping the necessary bills with discussions of national importance.
          1. V
            Dec 7, 2016 at 10:25 am
            Mr. Modi forgetting the fact that BJP has also done the same at the time of the congress government. Mr. Modi running from the debate is not the solution. Opposition has their right to raise their voice. you asked for 50 days after demonetization decision. but till the date, the situation is much worse than earlier. You tune has changed from black money to digitalization. out of 14 lakh crore,12 lakh crore already deposited. so your scheme is totally flop. only poor are suffering. if you have gut , go and face the opposition and find the solution of the current situation.
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