1. If the Opposition has strong arguments on demonetisation, it should press ahead, why block Parliament? 

If the Opposition has strong arguments on demonetisation, it should press ahead, why block Parliament? 

The Supreme Court has taken out a lot of the wind from the Opposition’s sails by saying there is no prima facie case for an SIT probe into the alleged payments made by the Sahara and AV Birla groups to Narendra Modi when he was chief minister of Gujarat, but it has to be really odd that the Opposition is not willing to debate in Parliament unless the prime minister is present.

By: | Published: November 25, 2016 5:29 PM
parliament-reu-l If the Opposition is sure of its facts, it should give evidence of how the BJP knew about demonetization before the prime minister made it public and how party funds were deposited in bank accounts, or how land was purchased to get rid of currency notes. (Source: Reuters)

The Supreme Court has taken out a lot of the wind from the Opposition’s sails by saying there is no prima facie case for an SIT probe into the alleged payments made by the Sahara and AV Birla groups to Narendra Modi when he was chief minister of Gujarat, but it has to be really odd that the Opposition is not willing to debate in Parliament unless the prime minister is present. Apart from the psychological satisfaction of seeing Modi captive for the duration of the debate on demonetization, it is difficult to see what the Opposition will gain. Indeed, if the Opposition is confident it will be able to corner the government, it would do well to press on – after all, whether the prime minister is in Parliament or not, he and/or his party will have to reply to the substantive allegations made against it. And while finance minister Arun Jaitley was right in raising the issue of the 2G/CWG/Coalgate scams when Dr Manmohan Singh was the prime minister, there can be little doubt the Opposition got a big boost when Singh said the costs of demonetization could be as high as 2% of GDP – after all, his credentials as an economist have not been tarnished in the least. Given this start, you’d think the Opposition would build upon it instead of just repeating the issue of the hardship being faced by the common man, no matter how true that might be.

If the Opposition is sure of its facts, it should give evidence of how the BJP knew about demonetization before the prime minister made it public and how party funds were deposited in bank accounts, or how land was purchased to get rid of currency notes. Like the Supreme Court, the Opposition could put the government on the rails by asking it why, two years after it came to power, there was still no Lokpal. It could talk of how, while there weren’t enough jobs being created anyway, the demonetization had already resulted in lakhs of jobs being lost. Based on the news of the Rs 15,000 crore deposited in JanDhan accounts – and Rs 4,500 crore of this already withdrawn – as well as the money being laundered through various schemes such as those for tribals in the north east, it could rip into the government for leaving big holes for launders to exploit; even the likely reduction in tax penalties from 200% to a likely 60-70% could be pitched as a government strategy to rescue black-marketers. It could have forced the government to explain how it planned to curb fresh generation of black money through more serious reform …The list of areas where the Opposition could have tried to pin down the government is a long one, but in order to do so, it would require solid facts – such as on the BJP knowing about the demonetization in advance – and logical reasoning. The fact that the Opposition is choosing to disrupt Parliament just strengthens the view that it is not interested in a debate, but just wants to grandstand.

  1. H P
    Nov 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm
    Monmohan Singh has a right to say something over economy as he was an economist, however biased he was towards Congress, but what personal contribution of Rahul hi had except the vice President of Congress by virtue of the image of Nehru and le of hi to say something against Modi, a man of ability, who had showed the progress in Gujarat making the State economically number one State.
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    1. SonaliRanade
      Nov 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm
      I remembered one saying taught in school..."Everything is fair in War and Love."Well..Demonetisation is certainly is not Love..Its WAR against Corruption and Black Money.Some people are bound get hurt. And Talking abt changing laws everyday after 8th Nov...There are 2 types of Laws..Static laws..which are made once and just implemented as it is years after years..Second is Dynamic Law...This is what current government is doing. As it is seen that bad people are using loops in the current law and using jan dhan accounts and other methods to use their Black money converted in white. Unlike previous UPA govt...this govt. is CLEVER.They dont allow crooks to take advantage of good people and good laws...Hence they twick the laws accordingly. And i think This is just brilliant. I want to say that just give this govt 5 years. ..and then judge accordingly. Until then enjoy the SHOW...More is coming. ..😄🌹
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      1. Raj Mohan
        Nov 26, 2016 at 6:54 am
        The bjp has no moral right to complain about Parliament disruptions becoz they are the masters of disruptions and have no respect for Parliament. even though I dont support disruptions, the opposition have no other options to deal with a haughty and arrogant ruling gang
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          sharath
          Nov 26, 2016 at 12:01 am
          Congress and its allies should be levied huge penalties for each working day wasted in parliament. Why they are not opting for debate and instead preventing parliament from functioning which results in huge loss, in terms of crores and crores each day to common man, each citizens. Congress is scared less that Modi might win next election too and they themselves will be cast into dung heap where they rightly belonged to.
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            Dr. S.K.Mandal
            Nov 26, 2016 at 11:45 am
            Whoever have followed the Parliament discussions by opposition members about demonetization, will surely note that there were more noise than substance, comments without proof, allegations without basis and logic. It was opposition for opposition's sake.Country needs responsible opposition... not the type led by a visitor CM who is known for her disruptive force than constructive work. She is more afraid of the outcome of this demonetization move and trying her best to disrupt the government and create chaos in the country. Is there no other sensible leadership in opposition who can create a more positive environment?
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