PM Narendra Modi aiming for cashless economy: Venkaiah Naidu

PM Narendra Modi aiming for cashless economy: Venkaiah Naidu

Posting results on his Twitter today, Modi thanked people for their "historic participation" in the survey.

Noting that over 300 opposition members from both the Houses had joined a protest in the Parliament Complex this morning, he urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to sit with the government and thrash out a solution.

Rajya Sabha, which saw day-long inconclusive debate on demonetisation on the opening day of the session on November 16, has failed to function as the opposition has been pressing for the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the House before the discussion could be resumed.

Another user asked: "The 70 people who lost their lives because of the demonetisation move, how will they give their opinion".

Nearly the entire opposition put up a united front against demonetisation on Wednesday paralysing Parliament's functioning over the mode of discussion on the issue and the Prime Minister's presence during debates on the issue.

"But he is still not doing so", Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said at a press conference here.

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"When the all party meeting was held before the house started they said they wanted to discuss on demonetisation and on that basis the house started". This will help in running the Parliament smoothly, ' he said. "The government should say why the decision was taken", said Rahul.

Mr. Jaitley said the impact of demonetization on business would only be short term, pointing out that money would be infused into the economy in a calibrated way. "Many members want to speak (on the demonetisation)".

According to Yechury, the prime minister has been speaking about the note ban issue outside in public rallies and even found time to address a rock concert but was not available in either of the houses to listen to what the lawmakers were saying on the issue.

Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, Kharge said it is being told outside Parliament that a few people are supporting black money.

Although all leaders spoke in one voice against the government's shoddy implementation of the scheme, there were discordant voices about the future strategy. People have welcomed it as it has put a premium on their honesty. "How can you deny me from using my own property", the CPM leader said, adding that now "new routes to exchange old currency" have been provided via Nepal, Bhutan, Dubai and Singapore. "This is a crusade against corruption and black money, the entire country is happy about it", he added. "The people are suffering", the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

Addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar, Banerjee alleged that abolition of high-value currency notes had heaped pain on people and snatched away democratic rights of nearly every section of the society including farmers, youth, women, labourers and traders, besides halting the country's economic growth.