New Delhi, Nov 24: Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP Sitaram Yechury lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not waiting in Rajya Sabha till the completion of demonetisation debate. Yechury, who was scheduled to speak in post-lunch session of Rajya Sabha, could not articulate his points in the Upper House as Deputy Speaker P J Kurien was forced to adjourn the proceedings for the day. Since PM Modi did not attend the post-lunch session in Rajya Sabha, Opposition created ruckus and prevented the House from functioning.
Addressing the press after adjournment of House, Yechury said that he has served a notice for moving a motion of contempt against the Prime Minister. Yechury demanded the government to take immediate measures to provide relief to the people. He pointed out that nearly 60-65 people have died so far due to the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. Yechury stressed on the plight of plantation, tea-garden and daily-wage workers, who have not been paid since two weeks due to demonetisation of existing Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
“4 lakhs people lost their jobs after demonetisation. 31.9 million people employed in textile and government sectors are not getting their wages,” Yechury said.
Yechury drew the ire of treasury benches in the past week, after he compared Narendra Modi with French queen Marie Antoinette. “In the French revolution, they said if you don’t have bread, eat cake. Now we have Modi Antoinette. If you don’t have paper, pay by plastic,” Yechury had said in the Rajya Sabha.