Cong protests cash ban, demands PM’s apology
THE Congress on Friday took out protests against demonetisation, on the second anniversary of the controversial decision, outside the RBI headquarters and demanded that PM Modi apologise and come out with a white paper on the Indian economy.
The protests were led by party veterans Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev, who were detained by the police and later released. Sharma blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking the arbitrary and reckless decision, slashing away
86 per cent of the currency.
“Now, all that money has come back as per the RBI. What has the Prime Minister got to say? It is the economy which has suffered. People lost their jobs, many businesses shut down and have not opened since,” Sharma said.
Gehlot said party workers will demand answers from the PM at every district headquarter.
“The PM had said within 50 days after demonetisation, naxalism, terrorism, fake currency and black money would go away. He should tell us what are the benefits of the note ban. We demand that he apologise and come out with a white paper on the economy,” Gehlot said.
He said the PM went ahead with demonetisation two years ago despite the RBI opposing the move. He said that people were battling high fuel prices, inflation and a sliding economy, due to bad economic policies of the Centre.
The Congress leaders were miffed that they were not allowed to hold placards outside the RBI headquarters and were removed forcibly.
“We were not entering the RBI office. We just wanted to tell them what went wrong with the note ban,” he said.
In Mumbai, Congress observed a ‘Black Day’ to mark the second anniversary of demonetisation. City party president Sanjay Nirupam listed the failures of the BJP government and urged people to not to vote for Modi in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Hitting out at Modi, Nirupam said, “The PM requested the people of the country to give him 50 days. He also stated that if this decision is proven wrong within the said time frame, the people can hang him publicly. People are agitated today. They will not hang the PM but will ensure his defeat in the elections.”
Now, all that money has come back as per the RBI. What has the Prime Minister got to say? It is the economy which has suffered.
Indian Youth Congress members wear Modi masks during a protest on the 2nd anniversary of demonetisation in New Delhi on Friday |