Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who led the protest against the government’s democratisation policy in the parliament premises in front of the Gandhi statue addressed the media and said that the Prime Minister had taken an impromptu decision which was more of an experiment without any discussion with anyone. Gandhi said that the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes was not the decision of the Finance Ministry but the Prime Minister’s. Gandhi further said that the opposition thought that the decision was a scam and the Prime Minister had informed his associates about the demonetisation policy before it had officially been introduced.
Gandhi questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s absence from the parliament and said that the opposition merely wants the Prime Minister to join the parliament in a debate and address the parliament. He further stated that the Congress party only wanted the debate under the adjournment motion. Gandhi said that the speaker of the house was not allowing the opposition have a debate. The Congress VP questioned if the opposition was even allowed to speak.
The Winter Session of the parliament has been disrupted regularly by the opposition who have demanded a debate with the Prime Minister on the demonetisation issue. But the absence of the Prime Minister has triggered angry response from the opposition. Earlier yesterday, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri had said that he was examining the possibility of filing a motion for contempt of the parliament against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi’s decision to ban the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 was lauded widely for being a bold measure in the fight and corruption but also has been under severe criticism for the poor planning and execution. The PM has also been accused of aiding his close allies by informing them about the demonetisation scheme before it had officially been announced.