NDA Preps For Clash In Parliament On Notes Ban; Sena, Akalis Play Along


NEW DELHI:  Faced with a united opposition prepping an onslaught in Parliament as the winter session begins this week, the ruling BJP on Monday won a vital vote of support from its partners in the National Democratic Alliance or NDA for what they called two strikes – the surgical strike by the Army against terrorists and the one against corruption by abolishing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.

“When a new home is built, there is dust but construction doesn’t stop,” said Bihar ally Ram Vilas Paswan after a meeting of the NDA on Monday evening. It was held immediately after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP lawmakers and said that the “country is with the government” on the currency ban.”At the meeting, all parties and members have in one voice praised the leadership qualities of PM Modi with regard to the decision to have surgical strikes and with regard to this historic, bold and revolutionary decision of a war against corruption and black money,” senior union minister Venkaiah Naidu said after the meeting.

“Even people standing in (ATM and Bank) queues for hours say it’s a historic decision and we are happy to be a part of it,” Mr Naidu added.

Ally Shiv Sena has earlier criticised the demonetisation, but today its Rajya Sabha lawmaker Sanjay Raut said, “The government has all the right to take steps to curb black money and we are with the government”.