BENGALURU: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu took strong exception to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s comment calling demonetisation a foolish move.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a revolutionary step to end corruption, black money and counterfeit currency coming from Pakistan. Is taking action against black money a foolish move?” Naidu asked while speaking to reporters here on Friday.
“The then Congress government did not take any action to end black money and Manmohan Singh presided over the monumental mismanagement of the country. The Congress government was a collaborator in all scams and corruption during its rule and now they are making baseless allegations against the government that took adequate measures before announcing demonetisation of `500 and `1000 currency notes,” he said.
The Union minister accused opposition parties of disrupting proceedings in Parliament . “They are not allowing proceedings inside Parliament and are protesting outside, near Gandhi statue. It is an insult to democracy and to (Mahatma) Gandhi,’’ he said.
He appealed to opposition parties to allow proceedings in the House as many Bills, including the Disabled Persons Reservation Bill, have to be tabled. “If the opposition thinks demonetisation is a foolish move, the best way is to debate it in Parliament and expose the government,’’ he said.