In an exclusive interview to News Nation, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi spoke on demonetisation. Naqvi said that the demonetisation decision was taken in the good interest of the country.
The minister also said that as the decision was taken in good interest of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not apologise for it.
As the demonetisation has been a prominent issue since its announcement on November 8, Opposition has been criticising it inside and outside of Parliament. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Opposition had different demands on every day of the Parliament and, because of it, there were no substantial debate on the matter. The minister said that Rs 3 crore per hour has been wasted with lack of debate in the Parliament.
Naqvi admitted that people are facing problem but they are not unhappy with the difficulties after demonetisation and people are supporting Prime Minister’s decision to fight against black money.
On being asked about Prime Minister’s statement that he is not been allowed to speak in Parliament, Naqvi said that Opposition has not allowing him to speak. Their strategy is like ‘hit and run’. Naqvi said that we are always ready for debate and every question of Opposition will be replied in ample manner.
When asked about common man’s difficulties, Naqvi said that they are cognisant of the ground report. He said that 99 per cent of people are supporting the move and ready to face the difficulties. He emphasised that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has will power to take bold step such as this and people support him for that.
Replying on the need of the demonetisation, Naqvi said that despite all the difficulties, we are happy that people are having conviction in the Prime Minister of the country. He also said that in other scenario, there would have been protests and agitation but people are supporting PM in his ambitions to wipe out black money.
The minister said that the Opposition has become frustrated. He also assured that the problems will exacerbate in the promised 50 days from the demonetisation.
On being asked that Prime Minister is changing his stance of situation getting back to normalcy in 50 days, Naqvi said that cashless economy will help us to overcome the current situation.
Replying on the proliferation of cases with bankers being involved in irregularities, Naqvi said that it is the system which needs makeover and many people are involved in corrupt practices.
Naqvi said that Congress does not stand chance in UP polls. He also said that BJP will come to power in Uttar Pradesh. He said that action against Pakistani artistes is in reaction to what is happening between the two countries. He also said that triple talaq is not constitutionally correct and it needs discussion on this.