Patna: Even as a combined Opposition on Monday disrupted the proceedings of Lok Sabha for the fourth consecutive day demanding discussion on demonetisation under a rule that entails voting, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar continued to back Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to outlaw 500 and 1000-rupee notes.
"Prime Minister Modi is now riding a tiger which could damage his alliances, but there's great sentiment in favour of his move and we should respect that," Kumar told his party leaders, as per NDTV.
On November 16 too, the Bihar CM had favoured the demonetisation move and had sought "action against benami property".
However, he had also slammed the Centre for "not doing its homework" before taking the step causing hardships to the poor.
"I am in favour of the decision to demonetise Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes which will help end '2 number ka dhanda' (illegal business)," he had said addressing a 'Chetna sabha' in Madhubani at the start of his second leg of 'Nishchay yatra'.
"I want an attack on benami properties earned through illegal means for more effective results against black money," Kumar, who is also the JD(U) national president, had said, as per PTI.
But Kumar had also claimed, "Farmers and common people toil hard in fields, but those involved in number illegal business buy benami property and enjoy deep sleep."
With reports of inconvenience to the masses standing in serpentine queues outside banks and ATMs pouring in from across the country, Kumar had demanded suitable arrangements so that the poor and women can change the demonetised high-value notes easily.
(With Agency inputs)