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Demonetisation a crusade against corruption, black money: PM

PTI | New Delhi |

Asserting that the government
has launched a “crusade” against corruption and black money by
demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought opposition’s
cooperation while his rivals called the decision ill-prepared and hasty,
causing “economic chaos”.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged the
decision to invalidate Rs 1000/500 currency notes was leaked in advance to some
people, including BJP leaders, and called it probably the “biggest
scam”.

He, however, added that his party is not for its rollback.

In his concluding remarks at the all-party meeting on the eve of the Winter
Session, Modi spoke in support of simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assemblies
polls and that there should be state-funding of elections as he asked parties
to debate the issue.

The government is willing to discuss all issues and answer the questions raised
by the opposition, Modi said, hoping for a fruitful session as he recalled the
passage of the GST Bill in the last session with the cooperation of all
parties.

“We have launched a crusade against corruption, black money and fake
currency, which is also behind cross-border terrorism. All parties should come
together on this issue of national interest,” he said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar briefed the reporters about Modi’s
remarks.

Speaking about simultaneous polls, he said, “A crucial problem is how to
make political funding transparent. How to implement state funding of
elections. Let all political parties debate it and come to a conclusion. Let’s
remove the question mark which exists against those in public life.

“Polls happen separately. Let there be one election, simultaneous
elections,” he said, seeking a consensus on the issue.