On the first day of winter session, the government faced a united Opposition over the demonetisation issue and Congress leader Pramod Tiwari compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with reviled dictators – Muammar Gaddafi, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, which drew sharp criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Slamming the government over abruptly banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes Congress leader Tiwari said,”Kisi shabya desh ne yeh nhi kia; jisne kiye hain unke naam itihas mein hai, pehla Gaddafi, doosra, Mussolini, Hitler & chautha hai PM Modi.”
His statement drew a sharp reaction from BJP benches. Hitting back at Tiwari’s comment Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Comparing our PM with Hitler, Mussolini, Gaddafi is atrocious, to say the least; it is totally wrong.” Prasad and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also urged to expunge the remark from proceeding.
Further, Tiwari claimed that the government has taken this step to help its industrialist friends and demanded that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should be formed to probe the issue. JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also joined him over JPC demand.
The BJP was slammed by the Opposition parties for its demonetisation move with CMP leader Sitaram Yechury going to the extent of calling PM ‘Modi Antoinette’ and also provided a quote ”If you don’t have paper, use plastic’ – (Queen Marie Antoinette during the French revolution infamously had said that people can ‘eat cake when they don’t have bread’).