Prime Minister Narendra Modi fired a fresh salvo at the Opposition on Friday, saying some people are upset because they did not get time to “prepare” before the government scrapped high-value banknotes.
His comments gave opposition parties another handle to target the government and stall Parliament for the seventh straight day, as they sought an apology from him for questioning their integrity.
The belligerent opposition has stuck to its demand for Modi’s clarification in the House on the demonetisation of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, a surprise move that has left millions of people lining up at banks and ATM kiosks for over a fortnight.
“The government’s decision is being criticised by a few for not being prepared. Actually, they are perturbed that they were caught unawares. If they had been given 72 hours, they would have said there is no one else like Modi,” Modi said at a function in Parliament annexe to commemorate the Constitution. Many BJP leaders and Opposition lawmakers were in the audience.