New Delhi, Nov 26 : Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi wondered what PM Modi was afraid of and challenged him to come to the House and take part in the debate.
” He sometimes laughs and sometimes cries. Let us see his expression in the house,” Rahul told reporters.
After PM Modi said on Friday that critics of his demonetization exercise were angry as they did not get “time to prepare,” a livid opposition in the Rajya Sabha demanded an apology to him. Both houses were repeatedly disrupted and adjourned.
“But still some people are criticising saying that the government did not make ample preparation. I think that is not the issue that the government did not make ample preparation. I think the pain of such people is that the government did not not give a chance to make any preparation,” Modi said at a book launch function.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Kapil Sibal also told the media, “He is scared of entering Parliament because he knows he will not be able to give answers to the questions that are being raised and will be left exposed. He should know that the country is not changing but is actually burning because of demonetisation,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal told media.
“In Rajya Sabha, he is silent. When he comes to the House, he will be asked questions. If asked questions, he would be expected to answer. If he doesn’t answer, then he will be exposed. People will realise that the Prime Minister’s knowledge may be deficient on certain topics,” he added.
“Does the Prime Minister think that all the leaders in the opposition are black money hoarders? Then he says they are worried because they were given no time.”
Sibal said according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data for 2015-16, 2,203 crore pieces of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were needed to be printed. Till November 18, Rs 1.03 lakh crore has been withdrawn and Rs 33,000 crore has been exchanged, he said.
“Rs 1.3 lakh crore has been pumped into the economy. What is the value of the currency which is demonetised, it is Rs 14 lakh crore? They have four printing presses for currency and in 2015-16, the intent was to create 2,203 crore pieces.
“The amount printed was 2,012 crore pieces. This is in one year, in two shifts. Based on this, the time required for the currency notes to be printed is at least six months. RBI has said that in the rush two variants of notes have been printed, Modi promised he would bring back Rs 80 lakh crore black money to India. Has he fulfilled that promise? He said he’d bring Lokpal, has he implemented it? Which promise has he fulfilled? Why should we believe him? We have no faith in this Prime Minister. He isn’t worthy of trust,” he added.
According to senior government sources, during Thursday’s cabinet meeting, Mr.Modi urged his ministers to run a campaign to encourage electronic transfers of money.