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CPI today termed as "provocative" Narendera Modi's remarks that those who didn't get time to "make preparations" were pained by demonetisation and said he is a Prime Minister and "not just RSS pracharak" to have spoken "like that".
"His statement was provocative," CPI national secretary D Raja said.
"He is not just a RSS pracharak or BJP leader. He is a Prime Minister and that too, he is speaking on the Parliament premises as part of celebrating the Constitution," Raja said.
Raja also reiterated the Opposition's demand the Prime Minister take part in debate over demonetisation inside Parliament.
"He speaks outside, he can speak very same thing inside (on demonetisation). We have no problem. And we will be responding to the Prime Minister's statement. (But) he doesn't speak inside the Parliament, speaks outside," the Left party leader said.
Speaking at a book launch event on Parliament premises earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had hit out at those flaying government for "not being prepared" for demonetisation saying they were are "actually pained that they themselves did not get time to make any preparation".
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