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Parliament Winter Session will reveal those backing black money hoarders: Venkaiah Naidu

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:37 IST

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today said that the opposition parties would be given a befitting reply in the Winter Session of the Parliament who have questioned the government's step of demonetisation.

Briefing the media after concluding the BJP parliamentary meet and the NDA meet, Naidu said that the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have taken appropriate steps to mitigate the currency crunch.

"People are not worried about the problems they are facing, but they are looking at the larger interests of the country. As we are trying to cleanse the economy as per the promise we made during the election 2014," Naidu said.

"Allegations levelled by the opposition (on demonetisation issue) are baseless. We will answer them at the appropriate time," he added.

Revealing the minutes of the meeting, Naidu said the decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on surgical strikes and with regards to demonetisation was appreciated by its allies.

"Mood of the nation is in favour of the Prime Minister Modi government, in today's BJP parliamentary meeting and the NDA meeting, the entire parties and members have, with one voice, praised the decision of the government with regards to surgical strike and with regards to taking war against corruption and black money," Naidu added.

"In the parliament we will get to know which people are on the side of black money hoarders," he said.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and Congress member Mallikarjun Kharge on 13 November said Congress MPs would raise the demonetisation issue under rules 56 and 193 during the Winter Session beginning on 16 November.

Apart from that, Deputy Leader of The Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma has already given a notice for the suspension of business under rule 267 of the Rajya Sabha for a discussion on the same issue.

According to sources, the Prime Minister who was chairing the BJP Parliamentary Party executive meeting, told the attendees to not buckle under the opposition's pressure and go ahead with the Centre's policy.

Stating that the opposition was hard at work to sabotage the process of demonetisation, the Prime Minister assured that the nation has welcomed the step.

The Prime Minister's assertion comes in the wake of the all out attack launched by the opposition today, as the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP) joined forces in tearing down the scheme of demonetisation.


First published: 14 November 2016, 9:03 IST