Addressing media ahead of the first demonetisation anniversary, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday termed November 8 a ‘sad day’ for India. Gandhi added that PM Narendra Modi’s decision to celebrate the day shows that he has not understood pain and feelings of people. “PM saying that Nov 8 will be celebrated conveys the message that he has not understood pain and feelings of people,” Rahul Gandhi was quoted as saying by PTI. “PM has hit country’s economy with two torpedoes of demonetisation and GST which have destroyed it,” Gandhi added. “The prime minster is not able to understand the feeling of the people and the hurt and sadness these two decisions have caused,” he told reporters. Wondering why the government was “celebrating” the first anniversary of note ban on November 8, Gandhi said, “I don’t know what is there to celebrate.”
Gandhi made his comments after chairing a meeting of party general secretaries to chalk out plans for the first note ban anniversary, being observed as ‘Black Day’ across the country, party leaders said.
Modi had announced on November 8 last year that notes of higher denomination had been scrapped. The day is being observed as ‘Black Day’ by other opposition parties as well. Top Congress leaders, including PM Manmohan Singh, attended the meeting convened at the party headquarters.
Gandhi has been very vocal about his thoughts on GST and his attacks on Modi government’s economic policies has no end. Days after terming Goods and Services Tax (GST) as the “Gabbar Singh Tax”, the Congress vice-president on October 16 said that rising inequality in India is a Modi-made disaster.
Adressing the 112th annual session of PHD Chamber of Commerce, Rahul said Goods and Services Tax is a “tsunami of tax terrorism”, comparing demonetisation and GST with a double tap bullet fired at the economy to ensure it was dead.