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Stormy start to Parliament's Winter Session; Congress calls demonetisation 'financial anarchy'

As expected the winter session of the parliament began on a stormy note with the recent demonetisation scheme of the Modi government at the center of the row.

BJP's Piyush Goyal said in Rajya Sabha, some people are unhappy that prime minister took important step against corruption after Anand Sharma , Congress MP referred to demonetisation as 'financial anarchy'.

Goyal said, "when the government had just come to power in 2014, there was an atmosphere against corruption," adding, "some people just seem to be unhappy that Prime Minister Modi has taken an important step against corruption and black money."

"Finance Minister had informed the House only about the counterfeit money in the economy, not the money which some people have got through corruption," Goyal said.

"This move was aimed at only the corrupt," he said.

"The government has taken many steps against corruption. Demonetisation was a historic step against corruption. This was also a warning to the corrupt that the black money they had was useless now," he said.

"Some people had suggested that this move should have been made public seven days before implementing it. But secrecy is most important in such issues," he said.

"In the future, inflation will be controlled when more people pay taxes," he said. "The central government will also get more resources for the welfare of farmers, labourers, youth, women in the country."

Earlier, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati demanded that the prime minister be called to the Rajya Sabha.

"The issue of black money which is being discussed and the important decision which the prime minister took is significant," said Mayawati, interrupting Piyush Goyal.

"Please call the prime minister to the House," she said.

"I don't know many shers like Anand Sharma," Union Minister Piyush Goyal said in the Rajya Sabha referring to the Congress leader who spoke earlier.

"But I think Anand Sharma does not know much about economics," he said. "If his claim of fight against black money is true, he would not have ignored the fact the entire country has welcomed this move by the Narendra Modi government," he added.

At this, the Congress MPs began shouting again.

"The honest have been respected, the corrupt have suffered loss," said Goyal.

"You never kept the secrecy. This information was selectively leaked. Your BJP members have stacked crores," Anand Sharma had said earlier in the Rajya Sabha.

"There needs to be an investigation into how many people bought gold worth over Rs 1 crore," he said. "There is global financial integrity unit. They have come out with a report on the amount of money which left India between April and September," said the Congress MP.