Direct Centre to withdraw demonetisation: Kejriwal urges Pranab Mukherjee
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday to direct the Centre to withdraw demonetisation move while demanding a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the scrapping of high currency notes.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday to direct the Centre to withdraw demonetisation move while demanding a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the scrapping of high currency notes.
The CM termed the demonetisation as "fraud" on the nation aimed at benefiting a "particular political party", a veiled reference to BJP.
Kejriwal tabled a resolution in the Delhi Assembly in this regard during its one-day emergency session which lasted for two-and-a-half hours.
Reading out the resolution, Kejriwal noted "with anger and anguish" that the Prime Minister has delivered a "huge blow" to the common people and Indian ecomomy through his address to the nation on 8 November.
The decision to implement the "devastating and mysterious demonetisation" scheme was taken in a most "non-transparent" and "undemocratic" manner, the resolution stated.
"I urge upon the President to direct the central government to withdraw at once the draconian demonetisation scheme...to take necessary steps to institute a high-level probe to be monitored by the Supreme Court to look into the allegations that the scheme is a fraud on the nation..
"...and that it has been launched to benefit a particular political party through its agents in black money market," Kejriwal said while tabling his resolution.
He also said common man is being "lectured" on patriotism.
"The question is whether people's money in banks is safe? They take money from the rich and force people to queue up outside banks. In the name of strong tea, you have fed them posion. You are the PM of black money holders, rich and enemy of the poor," Kejriwal said in the Assembly.
The Delhi CM also alleged that Prime Minister is not "acting against people named in Panama list" as many on it are his "friends".
"Centre waived 1.14 lakh crore loan of industrialists, but common people are being threatened (of action) if they deposit more than 2.5 lakh in their account," Kejriwal said.
Earlier, the members also observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to those who lost lives while standing in queues outsides banks and ATMs to withdraw money.
BJP MLAs Vijender Gupta and Jagdish Pradhan walked out protesting against it.
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