November 25: Former union minister and Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily on Friday dubbed as "baseless" Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that the demonetisation drive was aimed at ending the menace of black money and alleged that it was an act of cowardliness on the latter's part not to speak on this issue in the Parliament.
"Those who are criticising it are saying the government was not prepared to implement the decision. Rather than applauding this endeavour, I think it is unfortunate that he needs to play petty politics at a time when the nation stands in solidarity with the Prime Minister", she added. If they were given even 72 hours they would have showered praise on Modi. Amid the din, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was heard saying that there was no question of apology from the Prime Minister, instead the Opposition should tender an apology. His point was echoed by the BSP supremo Mayawati who wanted PM must come to House and apologise.
Mr Vaidya said the decision taken by the government to demonetise high value currency notes is in national interest and with the honest intention of setting in motion cleaner and transparent monetary transactions and practices in the country.
For the seventh day of the Winter Session, the Lok Sabha was in turmoil, with the Opposition parties demanding the Prime Minister's presence in the House for a debate on demonetisation and an apology from him for his jibe at them. "I am doing everything possible to ensure that the middle-class is not exploited and the poor get their dues", he said. "This money will be used for development like construction of roads and electricity supply", he said.
Justifying the Opposition's demand for an apology, Azad said when the discussion on demonetisation resumed on Thursday he had welcomed Modi in the House and clarified that the entire Opposition was against black money. "It is not necessary you should have cash as one can spend using digital technology also". Therefore, Modi's remarks about the Opposition were unjustified.
Speaking at a book launch event in New Delhi, Modi said there has been little criticism of the demonetisation decision.
"How can Prime Minister level such an allegation. we are against blackmoney". Azad said the Prime Minister has levelled allegation that opposition favoured black money holders.