New Delhi: With a section of Opposition parties looking at ways to corner the government over the sudden decision to scrap Rs 500/1000 notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Monday, gave clear indications that he will not buckle under any pressure in his fight against black money and corruption.
At a meeting of BJP parliamentary party, PM Modi said the country has welcomed demonetisation and firmly ruled out a rollback.
The PM told the gathering that the party and government should not buckle under Opposition pressure and go ahead full throttle. Opposition trying to sabotage the move, the PM added.
BJP president Amit Shah, ministers Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley and BJP patriarch LK Advani were among those who attended the meeting held at the Parliament.
The Prime Minister said that BJP should not be defensive about the decision in the Parliament when it reconvenes for the winter session on Wednesday.
Later a meeting of NDA parties was chaired by the Prime Minister to take feedback on the fallout of the sudden demonetisation move.
All NDA parties unanimously supported the Prime Minister and lauded the bold step taken by him.
Briefing the media after the meeting, union minister Ananth Kumar said, “All partners of NDA, in one voice, welcomed the decision taken by Prime Minister Modi to weed out black money, fake money and corruption from the country.”
“They also praised the visionary and dynamic vision of the Prime Minister,” Kumar added.
“There was a discussion on taking initiative taken by the government to its logical conclusion; government to address the nation on this issue through Parliament,” Kumar said.
His cabinet colleague Venkaiah Naidu said, “Mood of the nation is in favour of Modi government; everyone agreed that it is a historic decision; temporary pain for larger gain.”
"PM thanked all parties and said this credit will not go to him personally but goes to all parties that are standing firm with the government," Naidu said.
Almost at the same time when PM Modi was meeting the BJP top brass and NDA partners, leaders of a number of political parties also gathered in the Parliament to strategise on Opposition's response on the issue.
Senior leaders of the Congress, TMC, RJD, JD(U), CPI, CPI(M) and some other opposition parties were part of the meeting.
The meeting comes amid West Bengal Chief Minister's hectic efforts to unite the Opposition against the government over the demonetisation move.
After the respective meetings of NDA and the Opposition, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan convened an all-party meeting to discuss the agenda before the Parliament in the Winter Session.