Demonetisation: Opposition targets PM Narendra Modi, blames him for phenomenal rise in ‘dalals’, disruption of economy

By: | Updated: February 9, 2017 4:14 PM

The opposition parties singled out demonetisation to be responsible for government’s inefficiency, lack of concern for farmers and the poor, and its sympathy for corporate interests.

The Upper House of the Parliament was left in a chaotic situation when the opposition parties once again slammed the ruling BJP government on the demonetisation move. (PTI)The Upper House of the Parliament was left in a chaotic situation when the opposition parties once again slammed the ruling BJP government on the demonetisation move. (PTI)

The Upper House of the Parliament was left in a chaotic situation when the opposition parties once again slammed the ruling BJP government on the demonetisation move, accusing it of post-demonetisation impact like job losses, economic slowdown, agricultural distress and overall misery for the people. Most of the opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha focused their speeches on the ‘note ban’ issue. The leaders were participating in the debate on motion of thanks to the President’s address to the Parliament.

The opposition parties singled out demonetisation to be responsible for government’s inefficiency, lack of concern for farmers and the poor, and its sympathy for corporate interests. JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav said, “Never before has a government decision produced so many dalals (brokers) as the demonetisation decision.” CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury said, “None of the four things the Prime Minister had cited as the reasons for demonetisation have been achieved. In fact, more wrongdoing has got endorsed. All sorts of black money and counterfeit currency have now got legalised. The most common denominator for generating black money has now been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000,” calling demonetisation the “biggest ever disruption”.

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The senior CP(M) leader claimed that the NDA government’s repeated emphasis on going cashless thereby fostering digital economy is an attempt to benefit multinational, US-based credit card companies.

Congress’ Ahmed Patel claimed demonetisation as the “biggest ever scam” that needs immediate investigation. He said, “Initially we believed the Prime Minister when he said he was trying to fight black money and terror funding…we supported his action…but look what happened. The entire country was put in line, and no black money was recovered…. Terrorism (also) did not stop.”

Indian Express also reported that he accused the BJP of practicing a “politics of revenge and hate” striving an attempt to erase the names of Congress icons from policies and programmes.

A minor war of words erupted in the Rajya Sabha on Monday between government and opposition benches when Congress’ BK Hariprasad demanded the dismissal of BJP government in Chattisgarh over atrocities against tribals and local people by the security forces. Hariprasad also said that there is lawlessness and lack of governance in the Bastar region where 16 tribal women were raped recently.

Countering the Congressman, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the ‘Zero Hour’ is not utilised to defame and condemn the security forces. Supporting Naidu, Akali Dal’s Naresh Gujral said the Opposition leaders cannot demoralise the security forces.

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