Indira Gandhi ignored Wanchoo panel, didn’t implement notes ban: PM

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Narendra ModiEmphasising about former PM Indira Gandhi’s decision not to implement demonetisation, PM Narendra Modi on December 16 said the nation needed this bold decision to improve its economic standings.

“The Wanchoo committee had said it will boost economy. Now after 45 years, we have done demonetisation and the Congress continues to oppose it,” Modi told the BJP lawmakers on the occasion of Vijay Diwas, the anniversary of the 1971 war.

He was referring to former bureaucrat Madhav Godbole’s book in which he has recorded how then Union Home Minister YB Chavan had recommended demonetisation to curb unaccounted wealth.

“Godbole says in the book that Gandhi replied saying “are no more elections to be fought by the Congress”? Chavan got the message and the recommendation was (dropped),” said Modi.

Earlier, Opposition leaders, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh, met President Pranab Mukherjee and informed him about the disadvantage of demonetisation and the woes faced by the common man.

They also submitted a memorandum to the President and sought his intervention on the issue.

The delegation blamed the government for the winter session’s washout and said the government’s arrogance was the reason why no debate took place over demonetisation issue.

Meanwhile, following Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with the PM, cracks have begun to appear in the united Opposition. The opposition leaders wanted to know why only Gandhi went to meet the PM. Why did he not take representatives of other parties, they asked.

Sources said that around 9.30 am it was decided in a meeting that all Opposition leaders will meet PM Modi but the Congress leaders went alone.

BSP chief Mayawati and leaders from Samajwadi Party were the most vociferous. They expressed their anger with Gandhi for meeting the PM with his party MPs.

NCP leader Praful Patel said, “We were united in Parliament. It would have been better if they (Congresss) had taken us along.”

The rift was evident as some opposition parties such as Left, SP, BSP, NCP, and DMK stayed away from going with Congress to meet the President over farmer’s issue and demonetisation.