Cong depressed over Modi's growing popularity: Naidu
Hitting back at the Congress over its criticism of demonetisation, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the entire process was undertaken in a transparent manner and the Congress is "depressed" over the growing popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Stating that Congress did not have the "guts" to implement demonetisation during its tenure, he said the Opposition just wants to make "false allegation" and is not ready for a discussion on the issue in Parliament.
"Demonetisation has been well received by the people, poor people, middle class, honest tax payers. All are happy about the same, now the money has reached the banks. How much money is black, how much is white will be known after scrutiny," he told reporters at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit here.
"Congress Party and the other parties are depressed over the growing popularity of the Prime Minister because everywhere all surveys indicate 70-80 per cent of the people are hailing the decision of the Prime Minister. Why they are becoming jittery and making such absurd allegations," he said.
Congress, he said, is now going to people to voice their protest over demonetisation, but people have voted them out in Gujarat Panchayat election, Gujarat municipal elections, in Chandigarh municipal elections, in Faridabad municipal elections and in Maharashtra.
"In Madhya Pradesh by-election and Assam by-election and also various by-elections across the country, everywhere it is BJP. BJPs winning spree is continuing. Even in the Panchayat elections in Gujarat it was almost a sweep. Keeping that in mind, they are becoming jittery...what can we do. All these people, why they are objecting to demonetisation, they had no guts to do it during their regime and now they are unnecessarily making false allegations and no one is going to take them seriously," Naidu said.