Kochi, Nov 25: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday described as a "dangerous precedent" Prime Minister Narendra Modi decision to 'deny' permission to an all-party delegation from Kerala to discuss problems related to the demonetisation policy.
"Never before in the history of independent India has the Prime Minister declined to meet the delegation of a state. Having served as Chief Minister yourself, I hope you can understand the gravity of this decision and the dangerous precedent it establishes," he said in a letter to Modi.
He said the Kerala Legislative Assembly had unanimously resolved to send an all-party delegation to discuss problems related to the demonetisation policy. "It is shocking that you have denied permission to this delegation, which not only amounts to an insult to the state of Kerala, but also to the federal structure of India enshrined in our Constitution," he said.
The senior Congress leader also hit out at Modi, accusing him of evading a constructive discussion in both houses of Parliament on the demonetisation issue, "something that has been consistently demanded by all opposition parties for the past 16 days."
"This undermines Parliament's sovereignty and ignores the suffering and pain that demonetisation has caused the people of India," Chandy said.
Noting that almost all political parties had welcomed the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and 1000 notes as an anti corruption measure, Chandy, however, said, "the ill conceived and hastily implemented policy has plunged the common man's life abruptly into abysses for no fault of theirs."