Thu, Jun 29, 2017 | updated 09:34 AM IST

Demonetisation war: PM Modi failing spectacularly in trying to convince nation, says Left

Updated: Nov 13, 2016 15:19 IST      
Demonetisation war: PM Modi failing spectacularly in trying to convince nation, says Left
New Delhi [India], Nov. 13 (ANI): Taking a strong exception to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's attempts to justify the decision of demonetising Rs. 500 and 1,000 currency notes, the Left on Sunday said that the former repeatedly speaking on this issue shows that the government is desperate in trying to convince the nation regarding its massive decision, but was failing to do so.

"The Prime Minister should explain the rationale and justification. The Prime Minister repeatedly speaking on this issue itself shows that the government is desperate and it is not able to convince the people," Communist Part of India (CPI) leader D. Raja told ANI.

Resonating similar views, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Nilotpal Basu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is further confusing the people on the issue of demonetisation.

"We sympathise with the Prime Minister. But he is not just an individual; he has the responsibility of the entire nation. If the Prime Minister takes over the job of the RBI then it is difficult. We are more concerned about those who do not have a bank account. There are many people in the nation who do not have an identity. So, what will they do?" he said.

Expressing serious concern on the matter, the Polit Bureau said the day to day life of every section of the common people has been thrown out of gear because the government had not taken the requisite and appropriate steps in advance to meet the contingency.

"Workers are not being paid wages. The people are unable to purchase essential commodities, vegetables and medicines, unable to undertake travel etc. due to non-availability of cash. According to the government's own admission, the present chaotic situation will continue for another three to four weeks implying that the people will be subject to sufferings for some more time to come," it said in a statement.

The Polit Bureau demanded that till alternative arrangements are completed, the validity of the old currency notes should continue.

"The Polit Bureau calls upon its units throughout the country to conduct protest actions to force the government to immediately put in place measures to ease the situation," it added.

Asserting that the nation has elected him to fight corruption and questioned if he should not do it, Prime Minister Modi turned emotional earlier today and said that he left his home and family for the nation.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking for the first time on demonetisation after announcing the decision on November 8th, also used the occasion to hit back at those questioning his bold and effective step to combat corruption and menace of black money.

Silencing his critics, the Prime Minister said that his decision was not a display of arrogance but aimed at fulfilling the commitments made to the nation.

Earlier on November 8, Prime Minister Modi took a major step and announced demonetisation of Rs. 500 and 1,000 currency notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.

In his televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister said people holding notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.

In a press release, the government reassured there is enough cash with the RBI and supply of cash to bank branches and ATMs are being stepped up gradually.

However, several citizens have reported facing massive inconvenience and have complained of being unable to run daily lives due to shortage of money. (ANI)

Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) [India], June 29 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday awarded ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth Rs. 50 lakh and a 1000 square yard plot in Amaravati region.

Full Story >>

UP: Five dead, three injured after truck rams car in Fatehpur

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 09:23 IST     

Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 29 (ANI): As many as five people were killled and three got injured after a speeding truck hit a car in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

Full Story >>

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], June 29 (ANI): The Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the wee hours of Thursday in the Poonch Sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Full Story >>

Baltal (Jammu and Kashmir), June 29 (ANI): First batch of Amarnath Yatra pilgrims left from Sonamrg's Baltal camping ground and Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday for this years' pilgrimage.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June. 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Israel next week is expected to meet Moshe, survivor of 2008 Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack.

Full Story >>

Mumbai: Husband stabs wife, hangs self

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 07:40 IST     

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 29 (ANI): A 46-year-old man stabbed his wife to death and then committed suicide by hanging self to a fan at his residence in a housing society in Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): After Sonia Gandhi stated that the Presidential election was a fight of "ideology, principle and truth" for the grand old party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday remarked that the Congress national president had forgotten about her promises of supporting the Dalits after Ram Nath Kovind's name was announced as the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) Presidential nominee.

Full Story >>

China's foray into tiny Bhutan threatening Himalayan peace

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 07:28 IST     

Gangtok (Sikkim) [India], June 29 (ANI): Unilateral actions to alter status quo in Doklam Plateau in tiny, helpless Bhutan has escalated tensions between China and its neighbours.

Full Story >>

New Delhi/ Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], June 29 (ANI): After the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan alleged that the Indian Army "misbehave" with the people in the Kashmir Valley, defence experts on Thursday slammed the former stating that ministers, who lack knowledge or who go by 'jingoism', make such remarks.

Full Story >>

New Delhi/Bengaluru [India], June 29 (ANI): Following a controversial remark by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan accusing the Indian Army for misbehaving with the people in the Kashmir Valley, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday wondered and questioned whether the former was serving his own party or Salahuddin, who has been recently branded as a "global terrorist."

Full Story >>

New Delhi/ Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 29 (ANI): After Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan accused Indian Army for misbehaving with the people in the Kashmir Valley, the Congress on Thursday slammed the former asserting that strict action should be taken so that such derogatory remarks would never be made again.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], June 29 (ANI): Amidst the ongoing protests in the hills, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday categorically stated that Darjeeling is and will remain an inseparable part of West Bengal and if the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has any other demand that can be discussed, then they are welcomed to come forward.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing on the plea filed by a Kolkata-based woman, Sharmishta Chakraborty, seeking its direction to terminate her 23-week old pregnancy.

Full Story >>

First batch of Amarnath pilgrims reach Baltal camp

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 23:31 IST     

Baltal (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] June 28 (ANI): The first batch of Amarnath pilgrims reached Baltal base camp in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday said that he welcomes NITI Ayog's suggestion of splitting seven units of state-controlled Coal India Ltd into independent companies to make it more competitive, however, added that no such proposal has been made.

Full Story >>

Lucknow [India], June. 28 (ANI): Ahead of the implementation of the Goods & Service Tax (GST) reform, the Uttar Pradesh Government is making all efforts to solve the problems faced by the trading circles for which it held a meeting with the traders on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Army Chief to visit Sikkim tomorrow amid Chinese aggression

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 22:27 IST     

New Delhi [India] June 28 (ANI): Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will start his two-day northeast visit from Sikkim on Thursday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence of 31- year-old Sonu Sardar to life imprisonment.

Full Story >>

Trinamool to boycott GST rollout in Parliament

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 22:17 IST     

New Delhi [India] June 28 (ANI): The Trinamool Congress (TMC) party led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced to boycott the special sitting of Parliament on the midnight of June 30 to rollout the Goods and Services Tax (GST) where President Pranab Mukherjee will also be present along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Full Story >>

Mandsaur (Madhya Pradesh), June 28 (ANI): One more farmer in volatile region of Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday committed suicide, taking the number of deaths in the state in past 18 days to 36.

Full Story >>