A day after his first defence of demonetisation in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attending Lok Sabha proceedings on Wednesday. PM Modi will reply to debate on motion of thanks to Presidentâ€™s address in Rajya Sabha later on Wednesday.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi attends Lok Sabha proceedings in the Parliament. pic.twitter.com/brMclRsUNtâ€” ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends Lok Sabha proceedings in the Parliament. pic.twitter.com/Sm1Sz3A2mcâ€” ANI (@ANI_news) February 8, 2017
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PM Narendra Modi, who refrained from speaking on demonetisation during the winter session of Parliament, finally broke his silence on Tuesday when he defended his move in Lok Sabha.
He said that the timing of the currency ban move was perfect as that time the economy was in good health and there was a lull in business following the festive season.
â€œWhen can you have an operation? When the body is healthy. The economy was doing well and thus our decision was taken at the right time.
Like Swachh Bharat, the decision on demonetisation is a movement to clean India (from corruption and black money),â€ he said.
He called demonetisation a â€œpro-poorâ€ move, saying the government was clear from the beginning that â€œwe are ready for a discussion on demonetisation but some were more keen on TV bytes and not debates.â€
â€œHowever big you are, you will have to return what rightfully belongs to the poor,â€ he said.