Parliament logjam over demonetisation: Congress challenges govt, says ‘make it work’

By: | Published: December 10, 2016 1:34 PM

Clearly, unwilling to take the blame for the logjam in Parliament, the Congress party has looked to clear its stand and role over the last few weeks is blaming the Narendra Modi led BJP government for all that is going wrong in both houses.

Explaining the reasoning behind his strong words, Singhvi said, "No logic in saying that the opposition is obstructing the Parliament, the demands are legitimate." (ANI)Explaining the reasoning behind his strong words, Singhvi said, “No logic in saying that the opposition is obstructing the Parliament, the demands are legitimate.” (ANI)

Clearly, unwilling to take the blame for the logjam in Parliament, the Congress party has looked to clear its stand and role over the last few weeks is blaming the Narendra Modi led BJP government for all that is going wrong in both houses. However, with President Pranab Mukherjee lashing out primarily at the Opposition and to an extent at the government for not managing the business in Parliament better, leaders from various parties have started interacting to ensure that crucial work is not affected. Both houses being repeatedly adjourned day after day hurts the country immensely as a number of crucial laws cannot be debated, leave alone passed. In this respect, Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi met Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to thrash out the complications and clear the way forward. However, in this respect, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior Congress leader again started the blame-game today and added to it by virtually challenging the ruling dispensation to get Parliament going. In his remarks to the media, he said, “If there is uproar or logjam in Parliament, it is entirely of the government’s creation… its their duty to make it work.”

Explaining the reasoning behind his strong words, Singhvi said, “No logic in saying that the opposition is obstructing the Parliament, the demands are legitimate.” Parliament is being disrupted since the first day of the winter session due to Opposition’s objections over a number of issues, the primary one being demonetisation of high value notes, Rs 500 and Rs 1000, ordered by PM Narendra Modi on November 8. While no party is calling the step bad, which was pointed out by PM Narendra Modi today too in his speech in Gujarat, everyone is objecting to the mess created post-implementation as people are facing hardships in accessing cash from ATMs and banks. This has affected not just the public but also businesses and farmers. Opposition has asked for PM Modi to be in Parlaiment and participate in debates over the issue there and to give an explanation. While PM has marked his presence in Parliament, he has not spoken there yet.

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