Modi government faces black money heat in Parliament

November 26, 2014

The Opposition parties on Tuesday displayed a united front in cornering the Narendra Modi government on black MONEY on the second day of the Winter session in Parliament, forcing the Lok Sabha to be adjourned for 40 minutes.

As soon as the House met for the day, Trinamool Congress members, who were supported by Janata Dal(United) and the Samajwadi Party MPs, demanded a suspension of the Question Hour. When Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not agree to this, they moved to near the Speaker's podium carrying black umbrellas with "Kaala Dhan Waapas Lao" (Bring back black MONEY) written on them, forcing her to adjourn the house till 12 pm.

Earlier, the TMC and the Janata Dal (United), which had given notices for suspension of the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha to discuss the issue, blocked the main gate of Parliament and raised slogans against the NDA government.

In a clear indication of the mood of the prominent opposition parties, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav also joined the protesting TMC leaders. The JD(U)'s Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar was also seen carrying a bunch of papers which he said are pamphlets on black MONEY to be distributed in the House.

KC Tyagi of the JD(U), which had warned of "a lot of hungama" in Parliament after the all-party meeting on Sunday, said, "This protest is regarding getting black MONEY back, we are with the TMC in this."

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati also joined issues with her opposition colleagues. "The PM had said that he will get black MONEY back in 100 days and distribute that money to the less fortunate. It's been over 100 days now," she said. 

The Congress, which was attacked by the BJP on black MONEY in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year, also questioned the government. "What have they (BJP) done in six months? Handed the broom to people and made false promises?" party leader Madhusudan Mistry said.

Defending the government on the issue, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "The government is ready for discussion on all issues. There is no rigid attitude from the government." Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Mann Ki Baat radio address to the nation, had vowed to bring back "every penny of the poor man's MONEY" stashed abroad and said it was "an article of faith" for him.

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