Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on 23 November accused the opposition parties of creating contempt of Parliament by not allowing the debate on demonetisation and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken this radical, bold and revolutionary step of fighting against corruption and black money in the interest of the nation.
"You have not been allowing the debate to take place, you have been asking for the presence of the Prime Minister. He came as per his responsibilities. You don't allow the debate to go on. What is the explanation you give to the people of the country? Secondly, you are now saying that ten parties have come together. What is your strength? What is you mandate of the people? Where do you stand?" he asked.
Naidu said the ruling BJP at the Centre is a protector of the poor of the country.
"We represent the poor of the country. We polled maximum number of votes; we got maximum number of seats. We have the highest number of Scheduled Caste MPs. We have the highest number of Scheduled Tribe MPs. We have the highest number of Backward Caste MPs. We have the highest number of Kisan MPs. We have the highest number of Rural MPs. We represent the poor of the country and we have protected the interest of the poor," Naidu told the media here.
"Keeping in view the interest of the poor and the middle-class and the lower middle-class, the Prime Minister has taken this radical, bold, revolutionary step of fighting against corruption and black money. This is a crusade against corruption and black money, the entire country is happy about it," he added.
Naidu, however, admitted that there are some problems, which are being attended and addressed.
"Everyday any problem that is coming to the notice of the government, the government is coming up with a solution," he said, adding that the recent surveys clearly indicate that the nation backs the government's demonetisation move.