PM Narendra Modi slams 'discarded' opposition for stalling Parliament

Updated: Dec 12, 2016, 10:11 IST | Agencies

Accuses them of not letting them put forth govt’s viewpoint; Mamata hits back, says demonetisation has meant complete demolition of economy

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Bahraich: As Parliament remained deadlocked over demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday came down heavily on opposition parties describing them as “discarded” by the electorate and accused them of trying to “suppress” the truth.

“Parliament is not being allowed to function for 20 days. We are ready for debate (on demonetisation), but we are not being allowed to present our viewpoint by those very parties that have been discarded by the electorate,” he said even as the Winter Session is left with three more working days.

Modi said these parties never wanted to tread the path of honesty “but we will definitely win this fight against corruption”.

He was addressing BJP’s Parivartan Yatra here through mobile phone from Lucknow after the IAF chopper carrying him failed to land due of poor visibility in Bahraich, which is close to Terai region of Nepal.

“They (opposition) come to the Well of the House... throw paper at the Speaker. We want to put forth government’s viewpoint... but they are not allowing us to do so. In a way they are trying to suppress the truth,” Modi rued.

On demonetisation, he said, “You must have seen that the government is after people who have stashed black money. The government is committed to empowering the poor. People are also taking pain to ensure that the country moves on the path of development.”

Mamata hits back
“Demonetisation (has been) done only to help Modi babu and his close associates,” Banerjee said in retaliation of the Prime Minister’s attack on opposition parties. “Demonetisation has meant complete demolition of the Indian economy,” Banerjee said in a series of tweets. “The arrogant and destructive attitude of this government is trying to destroy the world's largest democracy,” she said.

Over Rs 13 cr seized from law firm
Delhi Police has seized nearly Rs 13.5 crore in a raid at a law firm in southeast Delhi's GK-I area, of which Rs 2.6 crore is in new currency released after demonetisation, a senior police official said yesterday.

Govt to amend RBI Act 
The government is likely to amend the Reserve Bank of India Act to extinguish the validity of R500 and R1,000 printed before November 9 and a reference to this effect will be made in the upcoming Budget.

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