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On the second anniversary of demonetisation, Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a press release called demonetisation a “tragedy”, adding that the move was a “self-inflicted, suicidal attack” that destroyed millions of lives and ruined thousands of India's small businesses.
"“From a war against counterfeit currency and terrorism, to permanently removing the scourge of black money; from increasing savings to forcing a shift to digital transactions; not a single stated objective of the government’s has been met.”" - Rahul Gandhi
Congress President @RahulGandhi issues a public statement on Demonetisation calling it an "ill conceived & poorly executed economic policy but a carefully planned criminal financial scam". #DestructionByDemonetisation pic.twitter.com/GWZBwDJ4e3— Congress (@INCIndia) November 8, 2018
Gandhi in the press release further criticised Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by calling him ‘incompetent’ and for defending the government’s ‘criminal policy.’
"“On the second anniversary of the prime minister’s monumental blunder, the government’s spin-doctors, including our incompetent finance minister, have the unenviable task of defending an indefensible, criminal policy.”" - Rahul GandhiDemonetisation Has Cost BJP Every By-Election: P Chidambaram
Meanwhile, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in an address to the media in Kolkata indicated that demonetisation has costed BJP all the by-elections since 2016, recent being in Karnataka.
"“Consequences of demonetisation is known to everyone, which is one of the reasons why BJP has suffered successive defeats in practically every by-elections since 2016.”" - P Chidambaram
Reiterating ‘consequences of demonetisation’, Chidambaram began his address by stating that the government failed to deliver on all the ‘three objectives’ at the time of the announcement of demonetisation. He further added that millions were in debt while the GDP fell by one and a half per cent, following the ‘infamous demonetisation’.
"“Demonetisation did not put an end to use of black money. Demonetisation did not put an end to fake currency. On the contrary counterfeiters have successfully counterfeited new Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes.”" - P Chidambaram
The Congress had also said it will hold a nationwide protest on Thursday, to mark two years of demonetisation. Meanwhile, the party has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise for “ruining and wrecking" the economy.
Demonetisation A Well Thought Cruel Scheme: Rahul Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet denounced demonetisation as a sly scheme made for the prime minister's allies to turn their black money into white. The tweet that was put out in Hindi, also called ‘note-bandi’ a well-thought through cruel scheme.
नोटबंदी सोच-समझ कर किया गया एक क्रूर षड्यंत्र था। यह घोटाला प्रधानमंत्री के सूट-बूट वाले मित्रों का काला-धन सफेद करने की एक धूर्त स्कीम थी।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 8, 2018
इस कांड में कुछ भी मासूम नहीं था| इसका कोई भी दूसरा अर्थ निकालना राष्ट्र की समझ का अपमान है|
‘Govt Cheated Our Nation With This Big Demonetisation Scam’: Mamata Banerjee
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor shared a graphic on the ‘cost of demonetisation’, which detailed the cost incurred in printing new notes, the jobs and lives reportedly lost, and the fall in the GDP post the exercise.
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot also took to Twitter to claim that several people who had been affected by demonetisation, were still struggling to make ends meet.
2 yrs of #demonetisation and no positive results yet..all objectives behind that move lie unfulfilled. Common ppl, labourers, daily wagers,small traders n ppl employed wd small scale industry, construction sector, all still struggling to mk ends meet.#DestructionByDemonetisation— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) November 8, 2018
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, too, took to Twitter to slam the Modi government over its decision to demonetise currency notes of higher denominations, stating that the people would "punish those who took the decision”.
Meanwhile, CPI politburo member Sitaram Yechury questioned the lack of celebrations by the government.
What Modi achieved with his demonetisation disaster for the farmers. Why are no celebrations planned on its second anniversary by this only PR and tamasha organising govt? #DemonetisationDisaster #Jumlas pic.twitter.com/Jtm4pj5j0m— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) November 7, 2018
The cost & #DestructionByDemonetisation was endured by every citizen of this country other than few crony capitalist friends of PM Modi. Demonetisation was a black day for our democracy & our economy. #NotebandiKiDoosriBarsi pic.twitter.com/hpKDlSAEFt— Congress (@INCIndia) November 8, 2018
The Aam Aadmi Party shared a video of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal touting demonetisation as the “biggest scam in the history of independent India.”
Congress to Hold Nationwide Protest
Congress leaders and workers will protest on Thursday against the "complete demolition" of the Indian economy unleashed by the "Tughlaqi farmaan" of demonetisation two years ago, spokesperson Manish Tewari said at a press conference on Tuesday, 6 November.
The prime minister stood up two years ago on November 8 and addressed the nation, demonetising almost Rs 16.99 lakh crore in circulation, Tewari said.
The three reasons given for demonetisation were that it would curb black money, weed out fake notes and proscribe terror financing, but two years later none of those objectives have materialised, Tewari alleged.
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