Cong to hold can­dle­light vig­ils, ral­lies on note-ban an­niver­sary

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS - PTI

The Congress will ob­serve Novem­ber 8, the first an­niver­sary of de­mon­eti­sa­tion, as a black day. That day, the party will con­duct ral­lies and protest marches across the coun­try and hold can­dle­light vig­ils to com­mem­o­rate peo­ple who had died in bank and ATM queues fol­low­ing the with­drawal of high value notes.

Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi chaired a meet­ing of Congress gen­eral sec­re­taries and AICC in-charges of States to chart out the “strate­gies” for the day. The party has de­cided on a theme, ‘In­dia Con­tin­ues to Suf­fer’, for the protests, where other Op­po­si­tion par­ties may also join. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh and for­mer Fi­nance Min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram were also present at the meet­ing.

Rahul told re­porters af­ter the meet­ing that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has de­stroyed the coun­try’s econ­omy with the note ban and a badly drafted GST. Modi fails to un­der­stand the pain of the peo­ple and that is why the Cen­tre plans to cel­e­brate the first an­niver­sary of de­mon­eti­sa­tion, he added.

“The Prime Min­ster is not able to un­der­stand the feel­ing of the peo­ple and the hurt and sad­ness th­ese two de­ci­sions have caused,” he said. Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi and se­nior party leader P Chi­dambaram at the AICC head­quar­ters in New Delhi on Mon­day

Later, the party’s chief spokesper­son Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala told re­porters that protests will be held in every dis­trict and State head­quar­ters across the coun­try. “De­mon­eti­sa­tion was the big­gest scam of the cen­tury,” he said. “Congress party work­ers will take to the streets in every dis­trict and State head­quar­ters to re­flect the pain, anger and agony of the peo­ple. Sadly, a gov­ern­ment drunk with power and blinded by ar­ro­gance has the au­dac­ity to cel­e­brate the ‘sur­gi­cal strike’ on the econ­omy. Peo­ple will never par­don the BJP.”

Where’s the money?

He urged Modi to ex­plain where has the black money gone. “An

RBI re­port re­flects that out of ₹15.44 lakh crore money in cir­cu­la­tion at the time of de­mon­eti­sa­tion on Novem­ber 8, 2016, ₹15.28 lakh crore has been re­ceived back,” Sur­je­w­ala said.

“It means that only ₹16,000 crore did not come back, so far.

“On the con­trary, the Prime Min­is­ter and Fi­nance Min­is­ter had claimed that de­mon­eti­sa­tion would re­sult in non-de­posit of ₹3-5 lakh crore of black money.”

He added that only ₹41 crore cur­rency was found to be fake out of the to­tal cur­rency notes re­ceived post de­mon­eti­sa­tion.

“Post-de­mon­eti­sa­tion, there have been 50 ma­jor ter­ror in­ci­dents in J&K alone.”

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