Parliament: Opposition seeks PM Modi’s apology on black money comment

Opposition demands Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apology for his veiled attack against the opposition parties on the issue of black money


Opposition parties raised slogans as finance minister Arun Jaitley addressed the lower house, which led to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourning the house till noon. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Opposition parties raised slogans as finance minister Arun Jaitley addressed the lower house, which led to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourning the house till noon. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: Uproar continued in Parliament on Friday as opposition parties slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his veiled attack against the opposition parties on the issue of black money and demanded that Modi should address Parliament and apologise for his remarks.

As proceedings started on the 10th day of the winter session, opposition parties, both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, protested against the Prime Minister’s statement made this morning that “those criticising the government are not angry with the government’s preparedness but the fact that they did not get time to prepare”.

This led to the adjournment of both the Houses till noon. The Lok Sabha was later adjourned for the day.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said that the statement was an insult to the entire opposition and demanded an apology from the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister today said that the opposition is favouring black money, this is an insult to the entire Opposition, he must apologise. How can he allege that opposition parties are in favour of black money? This is wrong,” said Azad.

He also said that the Prime Minister should appear in the House and address the MPs, as he promised on Thursday.

Joining him in the protest were leaders from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party and the Janata Dal (United), who also demanded that the Prime Minister come to the House and apologise for his remarks.

“The Prime Minister must come to house and apologise to the opposition for his remarks. He must also clarify who has black money,” said BSP chief Mayawati in the Rajya Sabha.

Protests also continued in the Lok Sabha. Opposition parties raised slogans as finance minister Arun Jaitley addressed the lower house, which led to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourning the house till noon.

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