Govt. silences critics, urges oppn to debate demonetisation in Parliament

| Updated: Nov 23, 2016 18:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 23 (ANI): The BJP-led NDA regime on Wednesday hit back at the opposition parties for their unwarranted protest against demonetisation and said there is no point of agitating on the streets when the matter can be resolved by discussion in Parliament. Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh urged the opposition to bring the matter to the floor of the House. "When the Parliament is in session then it would be better if we have a discussion on the floor of the House rather than protesting on the streets," said Singh. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on his part ridiculed the opposition protest and said those agitating are raising questions on themselves. "We don't want to say it directly but only those people are protesting who have done wrong. This opposition of demonetisation does not make any sense," said Paswan. The Opposition parties on Wednesday put up a united front against the Centre over demonetisation, as they formed a giant human chain outside the Parliament chanting slogans and carrying placards, fervently demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's presence in the House. The chain began from the entrance of the Parliament near the media stand and stretched across the Mahatma Gandhi statue. "The nation is standing in line and we are doing just that here," Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said. Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien, Janata Dal (United)'s Sharad Yadav, and the DMK's Kanimozhi were among the almost 200 Opposition MPs gathered in Parliament premises. "Not a surgical strike, but carpet bombing on people", "Stop the persecution of common people" and "Save poor people", were some of the slogans on the placards held by the leaders. (ANI)