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Jaitley hits out at opposition over demonitisation move


New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday hit out at opposition parties for raising questions on the government’s move to demonitise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, saying that some of them were “feeling the pain”.

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Addressing a press conference here, Jaitley said some of the political reactions to the government’s decision were “irresponsible”.

He took a dig at Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav who had termed the decision anarchist and called for keeping it in abeyance for at least a week.

“Some people are feeling the pain. (Saying that) give break for a week… This gives the whole game away,” he said.

He also slammed Congress leader Kapil Sibal for his remark that why should a person stand in line to deal with his own money.

“You have to pay tax on your own money,” Jaitley said, adding that people have a right to know if Congress has paid its taxes.

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Sibal had on Saturday accused the Narendra Modi government of carrying out its decision to demonatising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes “in haste and in an unplanned manner” and said people were suffering due to it.

The decision to demonitise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was taken on Tuesday.