Demonetisation: Cong, BJP attack each other as protest intensifies

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: Youth Congress activists during a protest against demonetization in New Delhi, Nov 18, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Youth Congress activists during a protest against demonetization in New Delhi, Nov 18, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The streets of New Delhi saw both the ruling and the principal opposition party slugging it out over the issue of demonetisation. While the BJP demanded Congress’ apology over leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks where he blamed the government for public apathy, Congress party demanded an apology from the ruling party over reported deaths after demonetisatoin.

Prior to their protests on street, the MPs of both the parties had resorted to heated exchange inside the Rajya Sabha, which saw another wash-out on Friday.

From the Congress camp, its youth Congress cadre faced police action and water canon as they protested at Raisina Road, just few meters away from the Parliament House.

Since morning, the parts of Raisina Road, which houses Youth Congress organisation office, saw a massive contingent of police force to keep things under control.

As the protest broke out, several Youth Congress leaders and volunteers attempted to breach the police barricading, but they were prevented and taken under preventive custody by the police.

New Delhi: Ghulam Nabi Azad with senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at Parliament. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Ghulam Nabi Azad with senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at Parliament.
Photo – PTI

On the other end of political spectrum, BJP’s Delhi unit pitched its protest outside Congress office at Akbar Road.

They demanded an unconditional apology from the principal opposition party over Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks in Rajya Sabha on Thursday where he compared the deaths after demonetisation with those killed in terrorist attacks. The Upper House is debating on the issue of demonetisation since the first day of Winter session.

While the remarks were expunged by the Chair on Thursday after demands made by the ruling side, the matter seems to be far from over.

Hitting back at the BJP, Azad instead sought an apology from the ruling party over demonetisation, saying it has “pushed back” the people of the country.

“BJP should apologise (for demonetisation) to the entire nation, not me. The way they have pushed back the country, they must apologise to the 125 crore people of this country,” he said outside Parliament on Friday.