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Govt’s defence in RS: Demonetisation in national interest, people back us

Facing the Opposition’s onslaught, the government put up a strong defence in Rajya Sabha on the issue of demonetisation on Wednesday, saying the step was taken in national interest to curb black money, which it is said is used for terror activities in the country.

black money crackdown Updated: Nov 16, 2016 15:31 IST
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Power minister Piyush Goyal, who spoke on behalf of the ruling side after Congress leader Anand Sharma slammed the government, rejected as baseless the Opposition charge that the demonetisation decision was leaked.
Power minister Piyush Goyal, who spoke on behalf of the ruling side after Congress leader Anand Sharma slammed the government, rejected as baseless the Opposition charge that the demonetisation decision was leaked.(PTI Photo)

Facing the Opposition’s onslaught, the government put up a strong defence in Rajya Sabha on the issue of demonetisation on Wednesday, saying the step was taken in national interest to curb black money, which it is said is used for terror activities in the country.

Power minister Piyush Goyal, who spoke on behalf of the ruling side after Congress leader Anand Sharma slammed the government, rejected as baseless the Opposition charge that there was “leakage” of the decision and said everyone was taken by surprise which is why there are “initial” problems.

Live coverage of the Rajya Sabha proceedings

“There is no politics in it. It is a step taken in national interest,” he said, adding the step will help the country in the long run. “If anyone has the strength to take on black money and corruption, it is the BJP government and Narendra Modi,” he said.

He said people are out in support of the government’s move that is aimed against corruption and terror and that the step will lead to curbing inflation and tax rates may come down.

Goyal said the country has welcomed this initiative of the Modi government and it is natural that some people who have black money are worried.

“Desh me imandaar ka samman hua hai aur be-imaan ka nuksaan hua hai, (The honest have been honoured and the dishonest have faced losses),” he said.

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“I am confident that public is understanding the initial problems because the decision was kept a secret. No honest tax-payer will lose a single rupee. The loss will be of those who have amassed wealth through corruption and black money and the public should also support the government in the move,” he said.

To Sharma’s charge that those questioning the government are labelled as anti-national, he said: “Understandably, if someone opposes it (demonetisation), questions will be raised on whether they are against ending the menace of corruption and black money in the country.”

Goyal also said the BJP has put out its poll expenses on its website and after this step all will think before indulging in corruption and black marketing.