Govt rejects demand for PM’s reply on demonetisation debate

SansadTV Bureau

Venkaiah-Naidu-Rajya-SabhaGovernment has rejected Opposition’s demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response on the debate on demonetisation. The government also accused the Opposition of trying to use the issue as an excuse to scuttle a discussion in Parliament.

Even as both the Houses of Parliament adjourned after ruckus on the issue of demonetisation on Thursday, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters that the reply to the debate in Parliament will be given by the minister concerned or any other person on behalf of the government as per the rules of the House.

The Opposition had disrupted the day’s proceedings the Rajya Sabha, stalling midway the discussion on demonetisation that had started on Thursday.

Even in the Lok Sabha, a united Opposition relentlessly demanded for a debate on demonetisation under a rule which entails voting, thus forcing the adjournment of Lok Sabha for the day as the government refused to accept it.

“I feel that those who started the debate are now understanding that it is going negative, that is why they are finding excuse for not allowing the discussion…They are speaking in double tone and in different voices. They are not coming out openly either for or against. They are in dilemma and that dilemma will continue,” Naidu said.

He called the uproar by Congress and other opposition parties an “excuse” to stall a debate, Naidu alleged that there is no rationale behind it.

Naidu warned that the entire country was watching who was supporting the issue of black money and who was with the government and the Prime Minister, who has “taken such a revolutionary step. They have to make a choice”.

Meanwhile, Naidu again reiterated that the government was addressing the problems faced by people and the Opposition was free to give suggestions on the issue which, if proper, will be incorporated to improve the system.

(With inputs from PTI)