A day after, Govt dismisses Oppn’s Jan Akrosh rally a flop-show

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, and Minister of Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu and others during the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Nov 19, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, and Minister of Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu and others during the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Nov 19, 2016.
Photo – PTI

The Modi government has dismissed Opposition’s Jan Akrosh rally against the demonetisation as a mere flop show. Majority of opposition parties, including Congress, TMC, Left, BSP and others had held a country-wide protest on Monday.

Dubbing the protest a total failure and confusion among opposition ranks, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said it did not get the support of the common people.

“The ‘Jan Aakrosh’ rally was also totally flop as there was no body in the rally except their workers,” Naidu said outside Parliament.

The protest, which was also keenly watched as a platform to display opposition unity was marred with the lack of it besides other contradictions. While no opposition party participated in a separate bandh called by the Left parties, prominent opposition party JD(U) chose to stay out of it altogether.

File photo of Union Minister for Urban Development, Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu. Photo-PTI

File photo of Union Minister for Urban Development, Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu.
Photo-PTI

The opposition protest also coincided with the results of Maharashtra municipal council polls, where BJP fared very well, hence, inferring the result as public mood in the favour of government’s demonetisation move.

“…people are happy because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic decision. Though there are a few difficulties but people have understood that this is for the country’s best interest,” Naidu claimed as he dismissed the Opposition protest further.

Referring to the continuous disruptions in Parliament, he said “We are ready for debate. We also told that PM will come and intervene in the debate. Then the Minister concerned who is Finance Minister will reply.”

Both the houses of Parliament have been seeing repeated uproar over the issue ever since the beginning of the Winter session on November 16.

“We are ready for debate. Why Opposition is disrupting the House? Why they are shying away from the debate? They have been frustrated over the failure of the bandh. There is total confusion in the opposition ranks. That is why they want to disrupt the House,” Naidu said questioning the opposition.

(With inputs from the PTI)