Demonetisation is most cruel, senseless, heartless step: TMC
Cornering government in the Parliament over several key issues, Trinamool Congress leaders raised issues of public interest in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Monday.
Taking on the government over note ban, TMC's Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Kalyan Banerjee said that the country is facing financial emergency due to demonetisation.
Taking part in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on President's address, Banerjee said that restrictions on withdrawing money violate Article 300 (A) of the Constitution. Maintaining that Trinamool is not against curbing black money, Banerjee demanded to know how much black money has been recovered after demonetisation and how much was brought back from abroad.
Hitting out at government, TMC MP Saugata Roy said, "Demonetisation is the most senseless, cruel, heartless and reckless step taken by a government since Independence."
Calling the President's speech Ardh Satya, Roy said, "The speech does not mention most important issues facing the nation such as protectionist policy of US which may create problems for trade and industry in India."
In Rajya Sabha, TMC members—Derek O'Brien, Vivek Gupta and Nadimul Haque—raised several matters of public importance during Zero Hour. Raising his concern over securing interests of Indian IT firms, Derek said, "We need to protect the Indian IT companies. They play a positive role across the world. The software engineers are a jewel in the crown of Indian and international workforce."
Nadimul Haque, in his speech in the Upper House, brought to the notice of the Chair about the plight of international medallists. Citing several examples, the TMC member said there are several instances of medal winners becoming drivers, stone quarry worker, etc.
Alleging political vendetta behind the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, Rajya Sabha member TMC member Vivek Gupta on Sunday asked the Centre to order a probe by CBI or any other appropriate agency in the matter.
Najeeb had gone missing on October 15 following an on-campus scuffle allegedly with ABVP members the night before. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the House, Gupta asked the government whether any special measures have been initiated to trace the missing student.
Alleging that the JNU officials were insensitive in the matter, he wondered whether Najeeb will end up just as a statistics about missing persons.
Gupta said the ABVP students allegedly involved in the incident have not yet been questioned.