Debate to avoid Oppn fire, SC turns up heat
Rahul hits out at Modi, SC questions cash rationing by banks
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