The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s absence in the House during the discussion on Demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
“We were told earlier that the PM would be here, but then we found out he was in the Lok Sabha.And then the Lok Sabah was adjourned,” Azad said.
He criticised the negligence PM had shown towards all-party meetings. The Congress leader has alleged that Modi gave no priority to the meetings.
“We listen to the PM all the time. On TV and everywhere.But he doesn’t hear us. If he has one hour, we can even skip lunch,” Azad added.
Joining the discussion on demonetisation, Samajwadi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav slammed the NDA government’s move of the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes made common man a beggar.
“This did not happen even during the emergency.They (people) have to stand in lines in front of banks for their own money,” Yadav said in the Upper House.
He criticised the introduction of Rs 2000 notes saying the new currency wouldn’t work in rural areas.
“Who advised you to print Rs 2000 note, asks Ram Gopal Yadav.There may not be any problem in metros, but think about rural areas.In villages and small towns no one will take it because they don’t have change,” said the SP leader.
Yadav added the government will face a huge backlash from rural people for the scrapping move. He said: “if you go to villages today to ask for votes, women will pick up their rolling pins (belan) and teach you a lesson.”
“Will Pakistan ask for permission to publish fake currency?…Today it is very easy to fake the currency because no one has money,” the SP leader added.
Later, the Upper House was adjourned till 2 pm.