Seeking “change” in UP, PM flays Cong for opposing note ban

SansadTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the ceremony to mark the release of two books on Indian Constitution, at Parliament House Annexe, in New Delhi

Making an aggressive pitch to vote for ‘change’ in the upcoming assembly polls in all-crucial Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi defended the demonetisation move as one to fight corruption and black money.

Addressing BJP’s ‘parivartan rally’ at Kanpur, he once again accused the Opposition for the repeated disruptions in the just concluded Winter session of the Parliament.

The session was a near washout owing to protest by the Opposition parties, led by Congress, over the issue of demonetisation. Protesting against the implementation of the move dubbing it as anti-poor and anti-farmer, the Opposition, in particular the Congress party, is now alleging a “corruption” behind the decision.

“Opposition did not allow Parliament to function as they were trying to protect the dishonest,” he said, adding, they running away from a debate on the issue of corruption and black money.

He also said some politicians tried to “provoke” people standing in ATM queues, but their designs were not allowed to succeed as the common man was patient and understood that larger interest of the country was at stake.

Referring to Opposition’s protest, the Prime Minister said, “earlier the opposition used to disrupt Parliament as they wanted to expose the corrupt, bring out scams. But this time, Parliament was disrupted as opposition wanted to defend the dishonest and hence were running away from debate, he alleged.

“Our agenda is to fight for a country free of corruption and black money. But their agenda is to close (disrupt) Parliament…I am puzzled,” Modi said.

Attacking the principal opposition party once again, he said its leaders have often claimed that lat Rajiv Gandhi brought computer and mobile phone to the common man in India.

“But now when I say mobile phone can be used as a bank, they say the poor do not have cell phone…they said people do not have bank accounts. Now they claim poor went to the bank, but there was no money…they are spreading lies,” the Prime Minister said.

(With inputs from the PTI)