The winter session of Parliament is staring at a complete washout as the Opposition has been unrelenting in its demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement inside the House over demonetisation. The government, however, has maintained that the PM may speak if required. What does the PM have to lose if he speaks in the House? He has been giving regular statements on demonetisation and cash crunch, anyway, through social media and other channels.
It has been 30 days since PM Modi announced his demonetisation scheme and it is still taking its toll on the public. The Opposition, rightly so, has cashed in on the widespread inconvenience caused to the public and raised the matter in Parliament.
Demonetisation is part of Modi’s grand design to tackle the black money issue in the country. He should be at the forefront silencing his critics in Parliament with the merits of his program. At the very least, his speech will get House business moving again, which for the time being, is stuck in muddy waters.
Among the statements the PM has given from outside Parliament, he has said that that it will take a longer time for demonetisation to completely take shape in the Indian economy and for now, people will have to brave the troubles for more weeks to come.
Meanwhile, public is feeling the pinch of cash crunch with each day passing in uncertainty. People return empty handed from banks and ATMs which are running out of cash with desperate public lining up in hopes of getting cash from as early as midnight hours. It would give the people more confidence if the prime minister’s statement came from inside the Parliament rather than the stage of an election rally.
Apart from all the trouble that demonetisation brought with itself for citizens, it has shown a mirror to our society and its preparedness to make a shift to a cashless or even a less-cash economy.