Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for cancelling Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes without giving any time to the public, Congress Wednesday said that the move was intended to divert attention of the people from real issues as also failures of his government that was bringing a bad name to him personally. Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said that the way the higher denomination currency notes were made invalid had resulted in tremendous hardship for the common man. “The government should have first provided new currency notes of these denominations in adequate quantity to the banks before declaring the old currency notes invalid,” said Doshi.
Asked if the move was intended to prevent use of black money in UP elections, state Samajwadi Party (SP) president Surendra Yadav said that the party did not require black money to fight elections. “It is for BJP to bother about it,” he said.