On Thursday, ‘Black Day’ was observed by the opposition in the Parliament premises to mark one month of the announcement of demonetisation. Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi launched a withering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his “foolish decision” has “devastated” the country.
“The Prime Minister took this so-called bold decision. The bold decision can also be a foolish decision. And this was a foolish decision, it has devastated the country. More than 100 people have died. Farmers, fishermen, daily wage earners have been hit hard. “He (the PM) is laughing. He is having a nice time, while the people of the country are suffering,” Gandhi said.
He said “everything will become clear” when the PM will participate in the debate. Gandhi said the Prime Minister is “having nice time” and has over the past one month “changed his narrative” on the issue while people are reeling under hardships.
Besides Congress, leaders of all opposition parties including TMC, CPI(M), CPI, JD(U), Samajwadi Party joined the protest wearing black band on their arms signifying apparent unity amongst all members.
Gandhi highlighted the Prime Minister’s absence from both houses. Opposition parties will “not let him run away”.”So, he is switching from one issue to another. And we are going to catch him inside the House. He is not going to be able to run inside the House,” he added.
“There is this concept of PayTM( now popularly called as Pay to Modi), that’s the idea behind cashless economy”. “We know people in BJP will vote in our favour if such debate is allowed,” he suggested to the reporters.
On his “Pay to Modi” jibe, Gandhi said he will elaborate the allegation inside Lok Sabha if allowed to speak.
On the logjam in Parliament, Gandhi said, “Responsibility of running the House is that of the government and the Speaker, not Opposition. We want to have discussion. We want voting but the government does not. Because they knew that even BJP people will also vote in our favour.”
Gandhi also accused Modi of leaking information much prior to the demonetization announcement.
“Those who are supposed to know they knew about the decision. BJP and Modiji told them about the move. So who suffered the loss? he asked.
Gandhi sure leaves no chance to take digs and make critical comments on Narendra Modi. People are unhappy with the implementation of the demonetization process. However, the Gandhi led opposition is opposed to the move in its entirety. Things must be seen in a comprehensive picture to render a holistic perspective, atleast when you are criticizing somebody for his efforts to make the nation equipped with Anti-terrorism activities, well-verse with Digital payment portals, and create a corruption-free political environment.
Modi is and has taken the road not taken to accomplish his noble vision of ‘ Digital India’ and ‘Cashless India’. ‘A BETTER INDIA’ is on its way, until there is Modi to back it.