Unleashing a belligerent attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the demonetisation of old high-value currency notes, the Congress on Saturday accused the government of the inconvenience of people who had to stand in long queues to withdraw cash from banks and ATMs. In a press conference, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the decision was made in haste and the Centre was fooling the nation.
Raising question over the Japan visit of Narendra Modi, he said that at a time when the PM should be present in the country, he left for Japan. He further pointed out the difficulties people had been facing due to long queues outside the banks and ATMs across the country. “Account is mine, money is mine, then why should I stand in a line?” Sibal asked.
The senior leader said that the government should have given a comprehensive thought before taking the decision. “This is a decision made in haste” it is “not a well thought out decision”, Sibal said by adding that the Centre is fooling the nation. He made Modi solely responsible for all the inconvenience, common people are facing due to it with the words “banks mein katar hai, aam aadmi laachaar hai aur Modi zimmedar hai” (There are long queues in banks, common men are forlorn and Modi is responsible for this).
Sibal also accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for using black money in its election campaigns and other events. He said that “the kind of money, which BJP has spent in all their campaigns and functions, suggested that a lot of black money went into it” and asked to set up an enquiry commission to make a check with reference to the entire amount of money that was spent by the BJP before Narendra Modi became the PM.
It may be mentioned here that a day prior to the comments of Sibal on the currency ban, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi stood in a queue to exchange his old notes on Friday.