Chandigarh: Sanjay Tondon, president, Baratiya Janata Party, Chandigarh was forced to leave the dice as he escaped from the hard-hitting question on demonetisation by students of Panjab University. He was here on a debate over demonetisation organised by Panjab University Campus Student Council. He was accompanied by Chetan Mittal,
Assistant Solictor General of India and Ajay Jaggi, Senior Advocate at Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Although Tondon remarked the debate as non-political, it took a political colour as the event progressed. On the speech Tondon tried to capitalise on the jingoistic feelings raised by surgical strikes and demonetisation. But he was again and again interrupted by the students of opponent student organisation like Student for Society (SFS), National Students Union of India (NSUI) etc. They students raised question like why the leaders of ruling party are being held in the raids of Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax Department and other investigating agencies. Other raised the questions of the motive behind the policy.
Answering a few questions Tondon said that it is only the BJP government which has the courage to take action against its people.
No other government in history has taken such action” said Tondon. Tondon answered only the first six questions of the students. For the next 20 minutes he left the debate for Jaggi and Mittal. Raman a student said, “PM Modi in the initial days mentioned balck money and fake currency 18 and 45 times respectively but now it has decreased to 9 times in the ending days rather the rhetoric of cashless economy has soared.”
A student also urged that the present government is doing nothing but giving a makeover to the policies of previous government. She mentioned the Jan Dan Yojana of the present dispensation as an example. “The opening of zero balance accounts was started way back in 2006, there is nothing new in the Jan Dhan Yojana,”she said. Nirjog Mann, president questioned the idea of cashles economy in the country.
“I have been in Tamil Nadu and there people earn 5 to 20 rupees a day how we can think of cashless economy in their pretext,” asked Nirjog. Answering the question Jaggi said that this is the first step towards cashless the cashless economy will be achieved in phases.
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