The government on Thursday rejected the demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to the debate on demonetisation and accused the Opposition of using it as an excuse to scuttle discussion on the issue in Parliament.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told reporters after Parliament was adjourned for the day, amid protests by Opposition demanding Mr. Modi’s presence, that the reply to the debate would be given by the Minister concerned or any other person on behalf of the government as per the rules of the House and precedents.
“Half way through, they realised that by raising such a debate it is going negative on them and boomeranging. Now I am afraid, are they trying to find a way out to come out of this and then stall the debate on one pretext or the other,” Mr. Naidu said.
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