New Delhi : Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday appeared itching to break the deadlock in the Lok Sabha on the demonetisation as that would give him an opportunity to speak in the House that remains paralysed since after its adjournment on November 16 on the opening day of the winter session. The House was adjourned that day to pay homage to a member who had died since the last session.
“If I am allowed to speak in Lok Sabha, I will show to all how Paytm means ‘Pay to Modi’,” he said indicating his wish at the protest by the Opposition parties observing the first month of demonetisation as a “black day” wearing black ribbons in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Parliament House before start of the sitting. Modi wants just a few people to get maximum benefit from every single transaction any Indian does now, he said.
Launching an attack on Modi who appeared on a front-page Paytm advertisement on the very day the demonetisation news was flashed, Rahul said the demolition was a “foolish decision” that ‘devastated’ the country as banning of the high-value notes benefited only a few people like e-wallet company Paytm.
“This is not a bold decision; it is a foolish decision which has been taken without any due consideration. It has devastated the poor, farmers and daily wage workers. The Prime Minister’s narrative has changed. It started by saying it’s against black money, then terrorism, then counterfeit currency and now cashless economy. We want to have a discussion (in Parliament). We want a vote (in Parliament). The government doesn’t,” he told.
Prime Minister Modi returned Rahul’s jibe of calling his demonetisation decision as ‘foolish’ by describing it as “Yagna against corruption, terrorism and black money” and asked the country’s youth to join him to be “agents of change who will make India corruption free and ensure more cashless transactions.”
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