NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told a farmers’ rally in Gujarat that “happenings” in Parliament had “anguished” President Pranab Mukhejee, in a reference to the President’s recent criticism of the continued logjam in the national legislature over the currency ban.
“Happenings in Parliament anguished our President, who has tremendous political experience,” PM Modi said in Deesa, where he inaugurated a Rs 350 crore cheese plant.
President Mukherjee on Thursday had said, in a reference to Parliamentarians: ” For God’s sake, do your job+ . You are meant to transact business in Parliament. Disruption of Parliament is not acceptable at all.”
The currency ban has been a contentious issue in the Parliament since the start of its winter session, and both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have witnessed repeated adjournments.
While the government saw President Mukherjee’s remarks as a signal to the opposition, some opposition leaders said that the message was also for the government, which needed to respect the views of its critics and had a responsibility to run Parliament.
PM Modi today said the Parliament wasn’t being allowed to function+ , and added that since he wasn’t being allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha, he had decided to speak in the ‘Jan Sabha’
PM Modi today said the currency ban had had broken the backbone of terrorism and Naxalism, weakened individuals involved in fake currency rackets, and had been implemented “to strengthen the hands of the poor of the nation.”