<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today attacked the government over the demonetisation issue accusing it of ignoring the woes of the common man, as well as the farmers and the small and medium industries. Participating in the resumed debate on the Motion of Thanks for President’s address, RJD leader Premchand Gupta said the government has brought in the ‘inspector raj’ after demonetisation and hit the industry hard. “One of the biggest segments to be hit besides the farmers, is the small and medium scale industry, which used to back BJP. But you have declared them a thief and brought back the ‘inspector raj’ by ensuring that an inspector is behind them,” he said wondering how jobs can be created in such an environment. The government was coming out with one scheme or another to “hoodwink the people, Gupta said. There was also a brief war of words between the RJD member and those from BJP over certain remarks on reservation which were expunged by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien. The House which had taken up the discussion in the afternoon, had to be reconvened due to lack of quorum. Gupta said an environment of ease of business has to be created rather than “just talking about it”. The RJD leader also said that the tourism sector has been badly hit because of demonetisation. Ridiculing the government’s plans to build 100 hi-tech smart cities, the RJD leader said the government should first focus on building drainage lines in cities like Gurgaon which houses hi-tech companies but gets flooded during rains. Congress leader Viplove Thakur said there is nothing new in things they speak about. “They make it sound like nobody before Modi has done anything. Where were they during the freedom struggle?” Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, she said it seemed that Modi has got “Aladdin ka chiraag” (Aladdin’s magic lamp) “and all the buildings you see, the airlines, the high technology and the Chandrayaan are because he rubbed this lamp and not because past Prime Ministers have worked hard.” “This is not governance, but event management. If you point out an error, then you become anti-national,” she said. Thakur also took the government to task over the publicity after surgical strikes and accused it of “selling” the sacrifices of soldiers at the border. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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Oppn in RS attacks govt for "ignoring" people’s woes