Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attacked the opposition for disrupting Parliament over the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and said that he was not being allowed to speak in Parliament.
“The government has always said that it is ready for a debate in Parliament. But, I am not being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha so I am speaking in the Jan Sabha,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally in Banaskantha.
The PM said that happenings in Parliament had even anguished President Pranab Mukherjee.
Defending demonetisation, the MP said that it has empowered poor and will help in eradicating corruption and menace of black money.
“For how long can poor of India be told to pay for houses in cash? For how long will poor be asked – you want Pucca bill or Kuccha bill,” he asked.
“India wants to progress. Corruption and black money is slowing our progress and adversely affecting the poor. These evils have to end,” he said.
“Who is unhappy with corruption? Not those perpetrating corruption…it is the poor, the common citizens who are unhappy. Merely talking about the poor is different from working for the poor, something that the NDA government is always doing,” the PM said in an apparent dig at opposition parties which have claimed that the demonetisaton is affecting poor adversely.
PM Modi promised that those who have laundered and hoarded money after demonetisation will not be spared
“You must have seen how bank officials and others who have stashed huge amount of black money are being caught. They thought they can escape through back channels but they didn’t know that Modi has installed cameras in the back channels as well,” he said.