Cong protests cash ban, de­mands PM’s apol­ogy

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

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.

Anand Sharma

NAVEEN KU­MAR

In­dian Youth Con­gress mem­bers wear Modi masks dur­ing a protest on the 2nd an­niver­sary of de­mon­eti­sa­tion in New Delhi on Fri­day |

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