PM Modi takes on opposition for not allowing Parliament to function
With barely three days to go for the current winter session of Parliament to conclude which has witnessed an aggressive opposition creating ruckus and disruptions so far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday referred to the currency ban and its fallout and alleged that the opposition has not allowed Parliament to function in its aftermath.
Speaking at a rally in Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh where assembly polls are scheduled to be held soon, he said: ""You must have noticed how parliament is not being allowed to function. Those rejected by the people are disrupting the proceedings of the parliament... We say we are ready for a debate but we are not being allowed to present our viewpoint. ""
He said the people must have noticed that his government was coming down heavily on corruption. ""Every day bundles of notes are being seized. Big people are being arrested. This is a government of the poor and works for the poor,"" he said.
The opposition -- mainly led by the Congress -- which initially wanted Mr. Modi to answer queries in the debate on demonetisation, has changed its demand, saying that he must explain the sudden ban on high denomination currency of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000, which has created a huge cash crunch in the country.
Taking on the ruling Samajwadi Party in U.P. as well as Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mr. Modi said despite their disagreement on every issue, ""this is the first time they are speaking in the same voice "".
Poor visibility prevented the helicopter of Prime Minister Modi from landing in Bahraich where the BJP had organised the Parivartan rally. He addressed the gathering through mobile phone though his voice was cracking due to disturbance as he made the call sitting in the chopper but the people heard him patiently.This was the fifth Parivartan Rally of the Prime Minister in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. He has already addressed rallies at Ghazipur, Agra, Kushinagar and Moradabad. PM Modi is scheduled to address one more Parivartan rally in Kanpur on December 19."