<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Taking a swipe at political rivals targeting him over demonetization, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said people in public life are brazenly supporting corruption and black money. “Values in public life are eroding… I see that people in public life are giving speeches in support of corruption and black money. They are brazenly out in open doing so. In any country, erosion in values is the biggest crisis,” he said.”Coming generations will not forgive those who are betraying the values,” he said. He was speaking at the release of a book published in memory of late party veteran Kedarnath Sahni, who was a prominent leader in Jan Sangh and then in BJP in Delhi. One should be spotless in public life, Modi said, citing Sahni as an example. There is need to stand against this mindset to compromise with loss in values, he said, adding it is one thing if some people do not have strength to fight it and totally another to carry aloft the “flag of evils”. He recalled that Sahni gave shelter to numerous Sikh families at his home and mobilised party workers and others to help them during the riots in the wake of Indira Gandhi’s assassination. All are aware of the attitude of the then government, he said targeting the then Congress government, and alleged that “human slaughter” happened at that time and families of Sikhs were butchered. As the demonetization entered the third week,the political fight further intensified today with an united opposition deciding to hold protests in Delhi tomorrow while BJP decried alleged “malicious” attempts by those opposing the drive to provoke violence and chaos. Continuing her tirade against the Modi government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she would also stage a dharna in Delhi tomorrow and appealed to other opposition parties to register their protest on the roads.BJP President Amit Shah on his part targeted opposition parties, saying that the exercise is aimed against corruption and those who have black money are worried.Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and his cabinet colleague Kapil Mishra were detained when they tried to march to Parliament from Jantar Mantar protesting demonetization.Before beginning the march, Sisodia launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging he is making people cry and shedding “crocodile tears”.Accusing opposition parties of “running away” from a debate on the demonetization issue in Parliament, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it only showed they are not serious in the fight against corruption.Key BJP ally Shiv Sena also escalated its broadside against the BJP with party chief Uddhav Thackeray saying the senior ally should stop branding people as patriots or anti- nationals as per its “whims and fancies” while responding to criticism of the cash clean-up drive.As the government and Opposition were locked in a face- off in the Parliament over the demonetization issue for the fourth straight day, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at Modi, saying that if he can speak on TV and pop concerts then why not in the Parliament.”We will hold dharna in front of the Gandhi statue (outside Parliament building) tomorrow at 9.45 AM on the demonetization issue.”It was decided to meet the President. But the date will be decided. We will go step by step,” Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said after the strategy meeting of opposition parties here.Mohd Salim (CPI-M) said street protests are also on the agenda. Leaders of various parties, including those from Congress, Trinamool Congress, JD(U), CPI(M), CPI, NCP and RJD attended the meeting to further their joint strategy to corner the government in the ongoing Winter session. Condemning “malicious” efforts of rival parties, a resolution adopted at a meeting of BJP Parliamentary Party alleged that they are desperate to provoke violence and chaos as they have been “rattled” by people’s wide support to the decision.”I will stage a protest at Jantar Mantar at 1230 hrs and I appeal to other (opposition) parties to register their protests on the roads on demonetization which has caused hardship to the common people,” Banerjee told reporters at the airport in Kolkata before leaving for Delhi. On whether other parties will join her, she said, “If any party wants to come, they are welcome. In Parliament we are all working together.”


Can’t believe people are openly supporting black money: PM Modi slams opposition over demonetization