Demonetisation debate: Behaviour of Opposition parties ‘undemocratic’, says PM Narendra Modi

PM Modi condemned opposition parties for 'not allowing Parliament to function'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2016 7:49:55 pm
PM Narendra Modi with M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI photo PM Narendra Modi with M Venkaiah Naidu. PTI photo/File

The BJP Parliamentary Party on Wednesday adopted a resolution praising citizens for their support of the Union government’s demonetisation move. The resolution was moved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and was seconded by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned Opposition parties for “creating impasse and not allowing a debate on major reforms like demonetisation in Parliament”.

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Prime Minister Modi termed the behaviour of the Opposition parties as “undemocratic”, for 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.

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.

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‘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.”

In Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned the demonetisation move, saying: “government took this decision without planning, who is responsible for so many deaths?” Leader of the House Arun Jaitley responded: “We were ready for a debate and still are. Opposition wanted PM Modi to be present in the house so PM Modi has been regularly present. But it seems the opposition just wants to disrupt proceedings for one reason or the other”.

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