Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has said that contingency plans for implementation of demonetisation drives were not in place, and for that, the Finance Minister owes an answer to the nation, news channel CNN-News 18 reported on Friday. In a previews interview with Mint, Swami had said that the government should have prepared a contingency plan in advance so that the suffering of ordinary people, particularly in the hinterlands could have been avoided. “We are now learning by doing. The ministry not being in loop of decision-making is no excuse,” he had said.
“We have been in power for nearly two-and-a-half years and there has been a discussion about it for a long time. The finance ministry should have prepared for this from the very first day,” Swami was quoted as saying by Mint. The veteran BJP leader had said that he would have also rolled out the plan differently.
Earlier in the day, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha had also criticised the pre-arrangement plans for demonetisation. Sinha had said that centre’s demonetisation drive has been implemented ‘without any homework’. “Step taken by PM Modi is highly appreciable, but demonetization is implemented without doing any homework,” Sinha said. The veteran actor said that adequate arrangements should have been made for post-implementation situations. Meanwhile, the ruckus in parliament led to adjournment of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Friday as well. Bhartiya Janata Party has instructed all its MPs to reach out to people by using all possible platforms and inform them about the ongoing developments related to demonetisation on upcoming Saturday and Sunday.