NEW DELHI: The BJP has issued whip to party’s Rajya Sabha MPs for three days from Monday in a bid to put up a strong presence when the Upper House resumes discussions on demonetization. The BJP is sticking with confrontationist approach against the remark of the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“The Parliamentary office of the BJP has issued whip to all the party MPs of the Rajya Sabha to remain present in the proceedings of the House on November 21, 22 and 23. The whip is to ensure that the treasury benches show the full strength when discussions on demonetization are taken up, besides a few legislative bills may also be taken up,” sources in the BJP Parliamentary Board said.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministers on Saturday came out strongly against protests over demonetization, while accusing the Opposition of indulging into fear-mongering. Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh asserted that the demonetization has broken the backbone of terror and Maoist funding. Union Minister for law Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the decision on demonetization has given a blow to the black money, besides destroying the network of counterfeit currencies.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Congress is indulging in fear-mongering on demonetisation. She stated that a government cannot take anti-people step and then go back to them for votes. “People might be facing some problems due to shortage of small denomination currency notes. Yet, they are supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” she said.
The minister stated that the government is alert on the inconveniences caused to the people on the rollout of demonetization, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reviewing the situation every day and responding to the feedback.