Opposition not allowing me to speak in Parliament: PM

Rajat Kain

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again flayed the Opposition over their protest inside Parliament on the issue of demonetisation. Accusing them of not letting him “speak” inside the house, Modi once again lauded the move to demonetise higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 100 as the one which will help fight corruption and terror.

“The government has been seeking debate. We are ready to debate. But I am not being allowed to speak in Lok Sabha… so I am speaking in the Jan Sabha,” PM Modi said on Saturday, addressing the gathering in Banaskantha in Gujarat.

“Criticise me, highlight people’s problems but also inform masses that they do not need to stand in queue and can use mobile banking,” he said while counting the benefits of demonetisation.

The Prime Minister has been at the centre of Opposition’s criticism, which his seeking his intervention in the house, a pre-condition to hold debate on the issue of demonetisation.

It, however, must be emphasised that on more than two occasions, PM Modi was present in the house but the Opposition continued to hold the protest, leading to adjournments.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.
Photo – PTI

Both the houses of Parliament have been witnessing a major protest since the beginning of Winter session. With both government and the Opposition unable to break the log-jam, the current winter session is headed for a washout.

“I am fighting against terrorism as fake currency is fuelling and funding their activities,” he added speaking after inaugurating Rs 350 crore cheese plant at Banaskantha, stressing further that his government’s move of demonetisation “has broken the backbone of terrorism and Naxalism”.

“Those who have laundered and hoarded money post demonetisation will not be spared,” the Prime Minister said lauding his move.

Amid sharp criticism on the implementation of the decision, which has led to rush at the banks and the ATMs, the government is firm that the decision will ultimately help the poor and common man.

Underling the benefits of the decision, he added “Demonetisation is aimed at empowering downtrodden and honest people… the note ban troubles will end after 50 days as promised.”

In his criticism of the Opposition, PM Modi also raised the concerns expressed by President Pranab Mukherjee over the repeated disruption in the Parliament.

Speaking at the DRDO event on Thursday, President Mukherjee, himself a veteran parliamentarian prior to becoming the first citizen, had castigated the repeated disruption in the parliament. “Disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliamentary system,” he had said, though, without naming or referring to any political party.