Note Ban achieved none of its objective: Manmohan Singh

RSTV Bureau

Rahul-Gandhi-and-Manmohan-SinghIn a bid to add weight to its election campaign centring around demonetisation and the GST, the Congress pressed former prime minister Manmohan Singh in Gujarat.

Addressing small businessmen in the state, the economist-politician repeated the sharp phrase he had used during the debate on demonetisation in parliament last year.

“Demonetisation was organised loot and legalised plunder,” he said calling the entire exercise a reckless step.

None its objectives were achieved, Singh said during an interactive session.

Hitting out at the BJP governments both at the centre and state, the former PM criticised the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax, saying compliance requirements under new tax regime has become a nightmare for small businesses.

He also criticised the Centre’s ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project and dubbed it an exercise in vanity.

Facing an almost impossible task of unseating the BJP in Prime Minister Modi’s home state, Rahul Gandhi – Congress party’s campaigner-in-chief — has concentrated his election campaign around the issue of economic policies of the BJP government, which has off-late come in for some criticism, including party’s own former heavyweights.

mod-manmohanCongress is aggressively wooing the small businessman and communities associated with micro and small business taking its narrative against Modi government’s last year move of note ban and recently rolled-out GST.

The principal opposition party has criticised both the moves, alleging the government of “hitting” India’s economy and more so the informal economy.

On a campaign trail in Gujarat since last month, Rahul Gandhi is likely to tour of Surat as the Congress marks the first demonetisation anniversary on November 8 as ‘black day’.

Gujarat goes to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14. Results will be out on December 18. For the last 22 years, BJP has ruled Gujarat with thumping majority, including a clean sweep in 2014 general elections, where it had won all 26 parliamentary seats.