PM Modi blames Opposition for stalemate in Parliament

Rajat Kain

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Facing impasse over the issue of demonetisation in both the houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly criticised the Opposition parties, especially the Congress, for its vociferous protest. The latter has been seeking Prime Minister Modi’s presence and intervention on the issue, a pre-condition to hold the debate in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

It should, however, be highlighted that giving in to the Opposition demands, PM Modi participated in the proceedings of both the houses on few occasions, including today, but the Opposition was adamant on its protest, leading to adjournments.

On one occassion, the Opposition MPs resorted to slogans against the demonetisation in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, the BJP Parliamentary meet, besides passing a resolution hailing people for their “support” on demonetisation, once again said that PM Modi is ready to speak in both the houses.

On his part, addressing his lawmakers, PM Narendra Modi condemned the opposition parties for creating impasse and not allowing debate on major reforms like demonetisation in Parliament.

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Parliament House Lawns, New Delhi.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Parliament House Lawns, New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Both the houses have been seeing a strong protest against the issue of demonetisation or banning of high denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, ever since the start of Winter Session.

While Rajya Sabha held debate on the first day of the session in November 8, since then it has been a washout with a very little or no business transacted, especially in the Upper House. There was a breif resumption of debate, during which former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh spoke and listed criticism against the government move, even calling it “monumental management failure”.

However, addressing party workers and general public in poll-bound states, PM Modi hailed the demonetisation move as the one which will root out corruption and black money from the economy.