In another sharp criticism of government’s demonetisation move, Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi alleged that such a “big economic decision” was taken by Prime Minister Modi “after talking with three-four people”.
“There was no planning. What will happen to farmers, poor people, fisheries industries in Kerala and Bengal? He did not think of them,” he said while speaking to the press at the Parliament.
Gandhi’s Congress party is leading a noisy protest inside both the houses of Parliament over the issue of demonetisation.
While it has backed the government on the issue of fighting corruption and the menace of black money, the principal opposition party has been poking holes in the policy of demonetisation, alleging it is hitting common man the most.
“I feel the treasuries of the PM’s own 15 or 20 people’s will be filled up and their loans will be waived. Poor people those who are in the queue will only suffer losses…,” he alleged.
Earlier on Monday, Rahul Gandhi visited several ATMs in North Delhi and interacted with the people, many of whom have been queuing up for hours.
People there told me that they are facing a lot of inconvenience… They said they are in the queue and deals are being made and cash is taken out from back door. And some selected people are given that cash,” Rahul Gandhi said as the press pack asked about his visit.
This was his third visit to the ATM or any bank post the announcement by PM Modi on November 8. Last week, he had landed up at Parliament Street branch of State Bank of India and few days later he had made an unscheduled brief stop at an ATM in suburban Vakola in Mumbai and interacted with the people standing in a queue.
“They will be in the queue for three days and then they will leave (without cash). People are facing losses because of this,” he said.
Sought to know about the Congress party and other opposition party’s protest in both the houses of Parliament over the issue, Gandhi said his party is “ready for discussion,” though at the same time he raised the question of PM’s absence in Parliament.
“What is the need for the PM to come to Parliament? These days he is at a different level. Neither he discusses with his Ministers nor he talks to anybody. Whatever he thinks, he decides on his own,” Gandhi said.
The Congress vice president also condoled the loss of lives in Sunday’s tragic train accident in Uttar Pradesh.
(With inputs from the PTI)