New Delhi, Dec 9, 2016: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a scathing attack on the government for not allowing him to speak in Parliament despite his speech being ready by saying that an “earthquake will come” if he gets the opportunity to speak.
Speaking to media outside the Parliament premises, Gandhi said: “For the last one month I want to speak in the Lok Sabha… want to speak what is in the heart of the poor across the country about demonetisation… but I am being stopped from speaking.”
“If they allow me to speak in the Parliament then you shall see what an earthquake will happen,” Gandhi said.
The Congress leader alleged that demonetisation is the biggest scam in the history of India.
Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gandhi said: “He is giving speeches across the country but scared of coming in the Lok Sabha. Why is he running away?”
Meanwhile, Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu hits back to Gandhi’s remark by saying he is known for ‘quackery’ and not ‘quakes’ and further rebutted the allegations that demonetisation is an anti-people measure.
Contradicting the claims of Congress, Naidu claimed that people of the country are, by and large, in favour of demonetisation.
“Demonetisation is a short term struggle for a long term gain. You (Congress) are talking about the inconvenience caused to people, lakhs of people committed suicide due to distress under your regime.Who are you preaching?” Naidu said.
He further added that Prime Minister Modi has received a mandate on all fronts.
The government and the united opposition have locked horns over the issue of demonetisation during the current winter session.
The government on November 8 announced to scrap Rs 500 and 1,000 notes to curb “black money and corruption”. The spiking of the high-value notes has created a cash crunch across the country.