Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarks on demonetisation in Rajya Sabha expunged
Citing the number of people died following government�s decision to scrap high-value currency denominations, Azad said that these many casualties had not occurred even in the terror attack on the Uri Army camp
The leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarks during Demonetisation debate in the Upper House on Thursday has been expunged.
Citing the number of people died following government’s decision to scrap high-value currency denominations, Azad said that these many casualties had not occurred even in the terror attack on the Uri Army camp. This comment led to huge uproar in the House with the government strongly objecting to it.
The government has sought the immediate deletion of the comments from the official records of Rajya Sabha.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar slammed the Congress leader's comment saying they were "atrocious, anti-national and an insult to the martyrs."
"Such remarks are atrocious, anti-national and insult to the martyrs. Therefore we demand an unconditional apology from Azad to the people of India," Kumar said.
"It shows frustration and desperation of the Congress's top leadership following the positive response from the public to the demonetisation move. Azad has not only insulted the martyrs of Uri attack but in a way has also given a certificate to Pakistan sponsored terrorists," he added.
The Upper House saw a six-hour long debate on demonetisation move where Congress had sought the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They said the PM had to answer about the hardships people faced by the November 8 decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000.