In perhaps one his strongest attack on the Modi government, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi dubbed the move to demonetise higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 as the “biggest scam” in the history of independent India. The deputy leader of the principal opposition party also accused the government of not allowing him to speak in the Parliament.
“If they allow me to speak in Parliament, you will see what an earthquake will happen,” Gandhi told the reporters at the Parliament House.
Both the houses of Parliament saw another day of stand-off on Friday, with both Opposition and Treasury members resorting to protest in Lok Sabha, leading to the adjournment of lower house for the day.
The impasse intensified today with the ruling party MPs seeking apology from the Congress over the disruption in the house, referring to President Pranab Mukherjee’s remarks on Thursday where he had firmly castigated the disruptions in the house, without, however, naming any party.
Congress party, along with several other opposition parties, has been protesting against the demonetistion ever since the beginning of the Winter session, resulting in the repeated adjournments of both the houses.
Claiming he would “reveal” in the House what was behind the move to scrap high denomination notes, Rahul Gandhi said his party wants debate on demonetization so that the truth can come to the fore, but the government is running away from it.
“Demonetization is the biggest scam in the history of India…. I want to speak in Lok Sabha. I will tell everything there,” he said.
Once again training guns at the government, the Congress party vice president told, “The Prime Minister is giving speeches across the country but is afraid of coming to the Lok Sabha and is not willing to sit there…”
Accusing Prime Minister Modi of “changing the goalpost” on the move, he added that initially the Government spoke about black-money, then moved to counterfeit currency and then again to a cashless society campaign.