Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today took to task all those who have criticised the Narendra Modi government for daring to ban the high value currency notes and hinted that those who are doing so have an axe to grind of their own. Since PM Modi announced the note ban that led to the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes being excluded from legal tender list, all the Opposition parties, including the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and others have protested against the tardy implementation, but none of them has called the move bad and actually have supported the NDA government in this effort to stamp out black money from India. However, all of them have got together in Parliament and are not allowing it to function, and this even incurred the wrath of President Pranab Mukherjee who took them to task over the logjam in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Till now Centre has not lent a willing ear to get PM Modi to come to Parliament and face the Opposition’s questions and provide answers – they are saying they don’t want a speech from PM but for him to answer their questions on the note ban implementation problem.
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But with battle lines drawn, the government is not taking any backward steps. Today’s comment by Rajnath Singh indicates that the BJP and the government would not be willing to listen to them. Rajnath said: “Notebandi is nasbandi for anti-national elements, black money hoarders.” Clearly, this will lead to more accusations flying from both sides in the near future and Parliament is unlikely to get any business done.
In another fiery comment that will make the situation worse, West Bengal state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh threatened Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that had they wanted they could have ‘pulled her by the hair and thrown her out for doing all the drama in Delhi’.