BJP at­tacks Rahul for crit­i­cis­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion

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HIT­TING back at Rahul Gandhi over his crit­i­cism of de­mon­eti­sa­tion, the BJP said on Fri­day that a war is go­ing on in In­dian pol­i­tics with the Naren­dra Modi-led Gov­ern­ment work­ing to curb black money while the Congress Pres­i­dent try­ing to save it.

BJP spokesper­son Sam­bit Pa­tra said Gandhi’s com­ments were noth­ing but a pack of lies and that he has been speak­ing from the same script for long.

In­dia has been pro­gress­ing un­der Modi while the Gandhi fam­ily has been left be­hind, he said. De­mon­eti­sa­tion, whose sec­ond an­niver­sary fell on Fri­day, de­stroyed the ‘ill-got­ten wealth of the four gen­er­a­tions of the Gandhi fam­ily’, Pa­tra al­leged, claim­ing that the move, which had made notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in­valid, led to many ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing in­crease in tax base, curb­ing black money and hit­ting Nax­al­ism.

In his crit­i­cism, the Congress chief had said that de­mon­eti­sa­tion was a planned ‘bru­tal con­spir­acy’ and a ‘shrewd scheme’ to con­vert the black money of Modi’s ‘suited-booted friends’.

What Gandhi has said is ridicu­lous and an­other lie from him, Pa­tra said.

Re­fer­ring to Gandhi’s re­ported com­ments that rich peo­ple in big car did not stand in queue to de­posit their de­mon­e­tised notes, the BJP leader took a dig, say­ing the Congress leader him­self had stood out­side a bank for this.

The BJP is win­ning the war against those work­ing to save black money, he claimed, adding that In­come Tax searches had yielded rev­enue of over Rs 35,000 crore while a law against 'be­nami' prop­er­ties had led to seizure of over Rs 4,300 crore worth of as­sets.

Deaths in Naxal vi­o­lence have come down by 60 per cent in 2017 as com­pared to 2009, he said, cred­it­ing de­mon­eti­sa­tion as a fac­tor be­hind it. He also quoted a re­port that claimed that max­i­mum num­ber of Maoists had sur­ren­dered in a month fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion.

Gandhi had called ‘ur­ban Nax­als’, a term used by the BJP to re­fer loosely to those ac­cused of help­ing Nax­als, NGO and his party had de­scribed them as rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, Pa­tra claimed.

To a ques­tion about de­mands of Hin­dutva bod­ies and also of some Union min­is­ters that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment bring a law to pave the way for con­struct­ing Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya, he said peo­ple have a right to ex­press their opin­ion.

YOUTH CONGRESS MEM­BERS PROTEST OUT­SIDE RBI OF­FICE AGAINST DE­MON­ETI­SA­TION: YOUTH Congress mem­bers ac­com­pa­nied by se­nior party lead­ers on Fri­day staged a protest against de­mon­eti­sa­tion out­side the RBI of­fice here and were de­tained by po­lice.

The se­cu­rity forces forcibly took the pro­tes­tors to po­lice sta­tion in a bus. “Around 70-80 Congress protesters, in­clud­ing Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma and Bhupin­der Singh Hooda have been de­tained,” po­lice said.

The protesters wore masks and shouted slo­gans against the BJPled Gov­ern­ment.

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