Rahul Gandhi chairs Cong meet on note ban anniv protest

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Photo – PTI

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is slated to take over the presidency of his party later this year, chaired a meeting of party general secretaries to chalk out plans for their protest on the first note ban anniversary. Congress, along with some opposition parties, will be observing November 8 as ‘Black Day’.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on November 8 last year announced scrapping of then higher denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000.

The demonetisation has since been criticised by the Opposition parties, while the ruling BJP has dubbed it a landmark move to tackle corruption and bring accountability in the system.

Last week, several opposition parties had held a joint press conference where they announced string of protest across the country claiming demonetisation move caused “ill-effects” on the economy.

“One can say this is a scam of the century. Eighteen political parties have decided to hold protests in every state in their capacity against the government’s decision which caused hardship to the people. Never ever in the world people have died because of a government policy,” Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had said.

The group of 18 opposition parties has been standing together against the government and formed the seven-member coordination committee comprising leaders of the Congress, TMC, SP, BSP, DMK, the Left and the breakaway JD-U faction led by disgruntled leader Sharad Yadav.

The government, on the other hand, had come down heavily on the Opposition grouping criticising their move to hold protest against note ban.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced that BJP will celebrate November 8 as ‘anti-blackmoney day’, listing out the steps taken by Modi Government to counter black money.