Demonetisation: Derek O’Brien hits out at govt, says anybody who opposes the move not anti-national

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New Delhi | November 24, 2016 1:51 PM

Trinamool Congress senior leader Derek O'Brien today hit out at the government on the issue of demonetisation.

Attacking the government further, Derek O'Brien said that anybody who is not supporting government's policy on black money is not an anti-national.Attacking the government further, Derek O’Brien said that anybody who is not supporting government’s policy on black money is not an anti-national.

Trinamool Congress senior leader Derek O’Brien today hit out at the government on the issue of demonetisation. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha during debate on the issue he said secrecy can’t be an excuse for putting people of the country to pain. Pointing out the long queues in banks and ATMs the country is seeing post-November 8 order of demonetisation of high-value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the TMC leader stressed that if the step had to be kept secret. more notes of Rs 100 should have been printed so as to prevent the country from the chaos it has seen in last few days.

Attacking the government further, Derek O’Brien said that anybody who is not supporting government’s policy on black money is not an anti-national and added that the country has seen loss of over Rs 3 lakh crores in GDP in last 15 days. The TMC leader, while suggesting that his party was not against plastic economy and everything would come with time, he said not everybody can buy vegetables with plastic money. Speaking further he asked what the government is doing on electoral reforms as most of the donations to parties come from unknown sources.

Since the announcement of demonetisation by the prime minister in a sudden televised address, he had given time till December 30 for the countrymen to deposit old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. He had also said that those who deposit Rs 2,50,000 won’t be harassed by the income tax officials, however those deposited more then the said amount are likely to face questions.

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