Ally Sena joins Oppn to target Govt in Parliament

NEW DELHI: Ruling NDA ally Shiv Sena today joined Opposition in picking holes in demonetisation decision of the Government which was also slammed by Congress and several other parties over various other steps like surgical strikes and fund allocation for MNREGA, agriculture sector and Scheduled Castes.

      During the day-long debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the opposition parties, including Trinamool Congress, Left, RJD, said the Government had failed on all fronts despite which it is trying to “fool” the people.

      In the Lok Sabha, Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge repeatedly targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was present and said he should apologise to the nation for the demonetisation decision which caused a “lot of troubles” to all sections of the people.

      The Government, on the other hand, asserted that the schemes and programmes initiated by it had been a success. Minister Mahesh Sharma, who initiated the debate, said the entire nation had stood with Modi on the “bold” decision aimed at curbing black money, ending corruption and choking funds to terrorism.

      He said the Opposition chose to be with the corrupt people by criticising demonetisation.

      The Government faced attack from ally Shiv Sena, whose leader Anand Rao Adsul, echoing the opposition contention, said even RBI Governor Urjit Patel and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had not been taken into confidence while deciding on demonetisation.

     He said the Government should have called an all-party meeting a day after the announcement of demonetisation to take everyone’s views and seek support for the move. (AGENCIES)