Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday that elections had always guided policy decisions but his government has taken tough decisions and people’s support for these has proved that people’s power is above the state’s power. “Policy decisions in the past had been guided by elections and electoral gains,” BJP MPs quoted Modi as saying at their parliamentary party meeting. “When the debate was about whether households should get nine or 12 LPG cylinders, we gave a call to give up their LPS subsidy and there has been an overwhelming response. This is an example of people’s power. In a democracy, janshakti should be above rajya shakti. My government has brought this into prominence.”
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He said people have been supporting the government and helping one another tide over “difficult” times after demonetisation. “I have requested people to cooperate with me for 50 days. People are ready to cooperate and after 50 days, things will be smoother,” he said, adding party MPs should help the government in creating awareness for digitisation and a less-cash economy. “The more you create awareness, the faster things will be under control,” Modi was quoted as saying.
He urged MPs to spread the awareness the same way as they enroll people in the voters list and highlight the use of EVMs irrespective of which party one votes for. The prime minister alleged that the Opposition has been “exposed” in Rajya Sabha by not agreeing to a debate on demonetisation despite his presence in the House more than once.
According to sources, Modi pointed out that no party had opposed demonetisation till date. “He said the ideal would have been the Opposition giving suggestions on means for effective implementation and plugging loopholes. He said, ‘Unfortunately the Opposition is not discussing the issue inside or outside the House… All of you should engage in creating awareness in digital transaction’,” an MP said..
The meeting passed a resolution moved by Rajnath Singh and seconded by Arun Jaitley, condemning the disruption of the House and lauding the people for standing “like a rock behind and in support of our Prime Minister.”
Alleging that the Congress has “manufactured” anger among people to stall Parliament, it said, “The Congress party is confused on the issue of demonetisation and does not know what it stands for. It has even contradicted itself. Almost daily, the Congress and Trinamool Congress look the other way even as their members engage in boisterous sloganeering in the well of the House… By their poor arguments, they risked, if anything, being on the side of the black money holders… The Congress kept shifting the goal-posts to justify their obstruction of the House.”