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Opp protesting against blackmoney blockade: Naqvi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Minister today took a swipe at the opposition parties over their 'Aakrosh Divas' protest, saying their anger was not over demonetisation, but over Centre's "blockade" of black money.

"Aakrosh (anger) is not against 'Notebandi' but against Nakebandi (blockade) of black money," the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs tweeted.

Opposition parties including the and Left are today observing Aakrosh Divas (Day of Angst) over government's move to demonetise Rs 1000 and Rs 500 currency notes.

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Criticising the Opposition's stand on demonetisation, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar today said their anger should be against corruption and not against the PM.

"Instead of supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they (Opposition) are working against it. The entire country is with the PM," Kumar said.

In a series of tweets, the Minister said the government is always ready for a discussion in the Parliament and we urge all parties for discussion and debate.

He further said,"Aakrosh (anger) should be against - corruption, fake notes and terrorism. But sad that & the Opposition are thinking in perverse fashion."

Last week, Kumar reached out to the Opposition and had series of meetings with Congress, TMC and other party leaders.

Meanwhile, to end the deadlock, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak on the issue, which the Opposition was also demanding.

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Later, in his blog Union Minister attacked for allegedly engaging in "political drama" to create hurdle in "economic revolution" triggered by

Naqvi claimed the entire nation is with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the "decisive" fight against black money, but accused Congress and its allies of behaving against the "mood of the nation".

"These people (Congress) don't have facts and logic, they are only engaged into baseless and illogical 'political drama' to create hurdle in this 'economic revolution' (demonetisation)," th Parliamentary Affairs Minister said.

He asked the opposition parties to support Centre in the fight against corruption.

"The Congress and its allies should support the Modi Government in the battle against corruption and black money to ensure development of the last person of the society, which had been deprived of light of development for the last several decades only due to corruption and black money."

Naqvi said the Congress clinched power at the Centre for 11 times giving slogan of eradicating poverty and combating corruption, but allegedly never fought against the malpractice.

Rather, Naqvi said, Congress "protected" those engaged in corruption. He listed scams such as Bofors, 2G, Commonwealth Games, Coal, Tatra truck, Adarsh flats, Telgi, oil for food and other scams to suggest "Congress had a close relation with corruption".

The Minister observed that despite promising to establish a system free of corruption and black money, most of the previous governments were engulfed in corruption.

But Modi, by forming a SIT on the issue of black money in his very first Cabinet meeting, gave a strong message that "corruption-free, development oriented" system is his priority, Naqvi said.

"The Congress had left a legacy of scams, corruption and open loot of public money. Without doing politics on this, Modi Government proved that if there is an honest will by the leadership, it can change the government as well as the system," he wrote.

Naqvi claimed the every section of the society is with the Prime Minister in the "decisive battle" against corruption and black money.

"...(but) some political parties knowingly-unknowingly are becoming "partner of this political drama" of the Congress and behaving against the mood of the nation," he said.

The Minister said about 45 hours of Rajya Sabha have been wasted due to disruption by opposition after the on-going winter session began on November 16.

"One hour proceeding of the Lok Sabha costs about Rs 1.5 crore while it is about Rs 1.1 crore for the Rajya Sabha. It means crores of public money has been wasted due to the arrogance and disruption by the Congress and some of its allies," he said.

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 10:57 IST