De­bate to avoid Oppn fire, SC turns up heat

Rahul hits out at Modi, SC ques­tions cash ra­tioning by banks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: The govern­ment’s move to re­call high-value ban­knotes came un­der fire in Par­lia­ment and the Supreme Court on Friday, with judges ques­tion­ing cash ra­tioning by banks and op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers ac­cus­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi of “run­ning away” from a de­bate.

As a lin­ger­ing cash crunch seemed to tem­per the ini­tial eu­pho­ria over the high-stake pol­icy move — aimed at curb­ing black money and coun­ter­feit cur­rency — the govern­ment has ap­peared less ef­fu­sive about the Novem­ber 8 de­ci­sion. And with only three work­ing days left, it wants to see off the winter ses­sion with­out any ma­jor em­bar­rass­ment in Par­lia­ment.

So­much­sotha­trul­inglaw­mak­ers were seen prevent­ing a de­bate intheLokSabha,promptin­gop­po­si­tion­chargesthatthe­gov­ern­ment didn’t want to be called out on the so-called de­mon­eti­sa­tion move which­sud­den­ly­culled86%of cash in the econ­omy. The Op­po­si­tion had ini­tially sought a de­bate with a vote on de­mon­eti­sa­tion but later re­lented to one with­out vot­ing. Only this time, the govern­ment has seemed re­luc­tant to hold one at all. “If they al­low me to speak

in Par­lia­ment, you shall see an earth­quake will come,” Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi told jour­nal­ists. “This is the big­gest scam in In­dia’s his­tory. If I say


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