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Opposition Not Able to Digest Modi's Popularity: Venkaiah Naidu

Terming the demonetisation move as a "war" on corruption and black money, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said some people are opposing it because of their inability to digest Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:November 18, 2016, 10:01 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Terming the demonetisation move as a "war" on corruption and black money, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said some people are opposing it because of their inability to digest Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity.

He hit out at the opposition for not allowing Parliament to function and ruled out any possibility of a rollback of demonetisation.

"Different parties are taking different stands. I'm happy that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Odisha ChiefMinister Naveen Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and others have come out in support of this decision, but some people are not able to digest it," Naidu said.

Speaking at an event organised by BJP, he said, "They have this indigestion problem from beginning itself. From day one you (people) gave mandate to Modi...They are not able to digest it."

Naidu said some people are not able to accept Modi as Prime Minister and his growing popularity and started the "drama" of award wapsi.

"Intolerant are those people who are intolerant toward the victory of Modi. They are not able to digest it. That is why yesterday they compared Modi to Hitler, Mussolini and Gaddafi. Look at their anger because he defeated them, brought out what is beneath their bed," he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Benerjee and her Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal were opposing demonetisation just for the sake of politics, the Union minister said.

He listed prominent economists, personalities and international organisations who have spoken in favour of the move and said those trying to create confusion among people "will be disappointed after a week or so".

"They will be disappointed because there are queues and queues are shown by TVs, the moment these queues disappear, these people will also disappear," he added.

On disruption of Parliament over demonetisation, Naidu said the opposition, which started the discussion on the issue in Rajya Sabha, is now trying to shy away after coming to know that they are in a fix as their arguments are proving to be hollow.

"It is like after marriage one is complaining about problems with stars or zodiac sign," he said.

Modi has come before the country with a massive social mobilisation which impacts every countryman's life for a better tomorrow. At this juncture, every political party has to choose whether they are with the people's and government decision against black marketers, hoarders, arms smugglers and those running counterfeit, he said.

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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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