Rahul Gandhi calls Note Ban a ‘tragedy’ as Cong stages protest

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the Parliament house in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo

FILE: New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the Parliament house. Photo – PTI

The Opposition parties began its protest against demonetisation on Wednesday, marking its first anniversary, with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi terming the move a “tragedy” and a “thoughtless act”. The opposition leader also alleged that livelihood of millions of honest Indians were destroyed due to note ban move of the government.

Last year on November 8, Prime Minister Modi had in a surprise announcement banned then higher denomination currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500. The government has since held firm that the move helped fighting corruption, black money and brought in transparency.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi after paying tributes to former PM Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, at Parliament House, Oct 31, 2017. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi after paying tributes to former PM Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary, at Parliament House, Oct 31, 2017.
Photo – PTI

But the opposition has since taken a contrarian view, claiming the move will have negative impact on the economy.

An year later, some opposition parties, prominently Congress, marked protest calling it a “Black Day”. The principal opposition party held countrywide protests in the form of processions, rallies and candle-light marches.

Rahul Gandhi said his party stood with all those people who have suffered due to demonetisation.

“Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act,” he said on Twitter.

“Ek aansu bhi hukumat ke liye khatra hai, tumne dekha nahin aankhon ka samundar hona” (Even a single tear is a danger for the government, you have not seen eyes turning into an ocean),” he said in another tweet.

Several Congress leaders participated in protests organised by their state units and strongly argued against the government decision. Seizing the opportunity to take on the Centre in poll-bound Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi also flagged his protest in Surat’s Chowk Bazar area.

(With inputs from PTI)