Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today sharpened his attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation and alleged Sahara kickbacks. Reiterating his stand against the much-debated move to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, Rahul said, “PM Modi said he’s performing a yagna against black money and corruption but demonetisation yagna being performed for 1% super-rich people” Addressing the party workers at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi during Congress’ 132nd Foundation Day, Rahul said, “Congress means listening to you, understanding others. It made us understand the meaning of freedom.” Accusing PM Modi and RSS of spreading ‘anger’and ‘hate’, Rahul Gandhi said, “Congress will stand with people and defeat the ideology of Narendra Modi and RSS that spreads anger and hate.”
Later, while speaking to media, Rahul raised the black money issue to target PM Modi. “PM Modi should reveal how much black money recovered post November 8, how much economic loss nation suffered and how many people lost their lives. PM Modi should reveal the list of people who deposited more than Rs 25 lakh in their bank accounts 2 months before November 8,” Rahul said. Demanding restrictions on withdrawals must be lifted now, Rahul said, “PM made people deposit their own money in bank; Rs 24,000 limit should be removed to give people back their financial independence.” He also sought compensation for ‘people who have suffered’.
Accusing PM Modi of ‘performing demonetisation yagna for 50 families’, Rahul demanded waived off of loans for farmers who he said ‘are affected the most by demonetisation.’ “Farmers have been hit the most. PM should waive off their loans and give bonus at 20% MSP; The government should give women frm BPL families Rs 25,000 each,” Rahul said.
Watch Rahul Gandhi taking on PM Narendra Modi
Rahul Gandhi slams government on Congress foundation day, says remonetisation is hurting people of India pic.twitter.com/P2m3euVTqX
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 28, 2016
The Congress vice-presiden had yesterday escalated his attack on Prime Minister Modi, saying the goal of his ambitious demonetisation drive has completely failed as people are continuing to suffer. Addressing the media after an anti-demonetisation meeting which was attended by all the opposition parties except the Left, Janata Dal (United) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Gandhi said, “Demonetisation has done absolutely nothing against corruption. What it has done instead is to leave people without any money.”
BJP strongly hit back at Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul Gandhi is obsessed with demonetisation scheme may be his party is deeply hurt with this move. Seeking reply from Prime minister is ridiculous because in every public meeting, Prime Minister is addressing, he is raising the issue and giving clarification to the people of India. It is more important to speak to the people than to these discontented elements,” BJP leader S Prakash told ANI.