Note ban dominates Congress party’s foundation day meet

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference at AICC headquarters,  New Delhi. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi addressing a press conference at AICC headquarters, New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

In a back to back attack, Rahul Gandhi raised questions on the Modi government’s demonetisation move. On Wednesday morning at the event to mark the 132nd foundation day of India’s grand old political party, Rahul Gandhi demanded that Prime Minister Modi make public who all were “consulted” before the decision.

Posing a list of questions for PM Modi, the Congress party vice president sought to know how much ‘black money’ has come back post the decision of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on November 8.

“Government should come out with the list of those who deposited more than Rs 25 lakh in their accounts before demonetisation,” he demanded.

Rahul Gandhi further sought that all the “restrictions on withdrawal of money should be lifted immediately” referring to the rules which restricts cash withdrawal limit to Rs 24,000 per week.

Firming up his criticism against the Prime Minister, he said, “On November 8, Modiji said he is performing a yagya against corruption and black money… The demonetisation yagya is for 50 families of the country’s 1 per cent super rich”.

“It is the poor, farmers, labourers, middle class and small shopkeepers who are being sacrificed in this yagya. There has been tremendous pain caused by it,” Gandhi said adding his party will stand with people, farmers, labourers, middle-class and small shopkeepers and with the country and help them.

“A sum of Rs 25,000 should be deposited in the account of every woman of a BPL family that has suffered post demonetisation,” Rahul said, besides demanding the doubling of MNREGA wages and Income Tax and Sales Tax rebate for small businessmen and shopkeepers.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi addressed a gathering of top party leaders including all members of the Congress Working Committee – Congress’ apex decision making body.

Exhorting his party to reach out to those “pained” by the demonetisation, he said Congress will “fight out and defeat the ideology of Narendra Modi and RSS which spreads anger and hate”

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during their joint press conference in Delhi, December 27, 2016.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during their joint press conference in Delhi, December 27, 2016.
Photo – PTI

This is his second attack on the government in less than 24 hours. On Tuesday, Gandhi along with TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and other regional parties in the Opposition ranks, had demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of demonetisation.

He had termed the note ban decision as a “single arbitrary financial experiment in the history of the world that affected 1.3 billion people” and had demanded PM Modi to “explain the real reason” for implementing it and take responsibility for giving “pain” to people.

Earlier in the month, in the midst of Parliament’s Winter session, Rahul Gandhi Gandhi has claimed of having “information” on the “personal corruption” of PM Modi in the issue of demonetisation.

Last week, while addressing a rally in PM Modi’s home state Gujarat, Gandhi alleged the former of receiving “money” from some business houses during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

(With inputs from the PTI)