Demonetisation: Rahul, Mamata attack PM; ‘Yagna’ against graft, says Modi

Leaders of opposition parties observed a 'Black Day' in Parliament premises in Delhi to mark one month of the announcement of demonetisation by Modi on November 8.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2016 3:54 pm
rahulgandhi-narendra-modi-drums Leaders of opposition parties observed a ‘Black Day’ in Parliament premises in Delhi to mark one month of the announcement of demonetisation by Modi on November 8. (file photo)

A month after demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee Thursday led a fresh opposition offensive against Narendra Modi, calling it a “foolish decision” and “one man-made economic disaster” even as the prime minister hailed the campaign as a ‘Yagna’ against corruption and black money. As the exchanges between rival parties escalated both inside and outside Parliament over scrapping of high denomination notes, the BJP hit back at the Congress Vice- President, saying he was levelling baseless charges on almost daily basis to grab “headlines”.

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Leaders of opposition parties observed a ‘Black Day’ in Parliament premises in Delhi to mark one month of the announcement of demonetisation by Modi on November 8 with Gandhi launching a scathing attack on the prime minister, saying his “foolish decision” has “devastated” the country.

Besides Congress, leaders of all opposition parties including TMC, CPI(M), CPI, JD(U), Samajwadi Party joined the protest wearing black band on their arms. “The prime minister took this so-called bold decision. The bold decision can also be a foolish decision. And this was a foolish decision, it has devastated the country. More than 100 people have died. Farmers, fishermen, daily wage earners have been hit hard,” Gandhi told reporters.

Facing opposition onslaught, Modi took to Twitter to assert that the “short term pain” will pave the way for “long term gains” and insisted that farmers, traders and labourers stand to gain from this step. In a series of tweets, Modi spoke about the benefits of demonetization and said the country has a “historic opportunity” to embrace increased cashless payments.

“I salute the people of India for wholeheartedly participating in this ongoing ‘Yagna’ against corruption, terrorism & black money,” he said.

“Together, we must ensure #IndiaDefeatsBlackMoney. This will empower the poor, neo-middle class, middle class & benefit future generations,” Modi added.

“I always said that the government’s measure will bring a degree of inconvenience but this short term pain will pave way for long term gains,” the prime minister added. He said the decision has several gains for farmers, traders, labourers, “who are the economic backbone of our nation” and “no longer will the progress and prosperity of rural India be curtailed by corruption & black money. Our villages must get their due.”

Holding the prime minister solely responsible for the “present economic disaster” in the country caused by demonetisation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banejee said that the central government got “totally derailed” under the present prime minister.

“The PM doesn’t trust anyone. There is no teamwork. He doesn’t understand what is good for the country. He did not consult the experts. It is a one-man dictatorship. It is a one man-made disaster. It is a dangerous tendency,” the TMC supremo told a press conference in Kolkata.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu hit out at the Congress-led opposition for observing the ‘Black Day’ against demonetisation, saying they are actually observing a “Black Money Support Day”. BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma alleged that Gandhi’s charges against the Modi government are borne out of his incompetence and arrogance. “He is competing with Arvind Kejriwal in TRP politics by levelling baseless charges on almost daily basis. He is doing so merely for headlines.

CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury held Modi “singularly responsible” for the “mess” in the economy due to demonetization.

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    rivu ghosh
    Dec 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    now after one month it is not still clear ,who is benefited from this move, cashless economy did not survive ,in global melt down,in2008, what we need ,a stable economy , after 70 years we do not have a international monetary standard,anybody think of it?
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      Jagmender Arya
      Dec 8, 2016 at 2:27 pm
      Good Start with these peanuts, after big shocks to SME in particular, the wounds will be healed once the IT system and its slabs are restructured , else these freebees can be withdrawn at any time, everybody understands that and even if these are not given the peoples have no choice now. the lower cl dont have the cars in large, its the Middle Cl only which suffers more in terms of taxes and Bribes,
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        Jagmender Arya
        Dec 8, 2016 at 2:31 pm
        Its Money spinning time for the staff and Manager of the Pvt banks, All have become malkhan singh Peoples are in big ques from Morning five o clock and these peoples gives some peanut like money of 2000-5000 and than closed with only one excuse that cash is finished and than catering Private Parties in exchange of commission, Black Money is being minted more than it was. Its shame on the governance, total collapse
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          Jagmender Arya
          Dec 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm
          No he is not supporting these Jokers, But the realty is Black Money is being mint more than it was, I have seen with my eye in HDFC Bank, the cash of more than Rs 10 Lac lying and the staff at the gate itself is forcing peoples to go back and there is Money left with them, they cater to the commission payers, Its Diwali for them, shame shame,
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            ashok
            Dec 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm
            black day in support of black money!
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              ashok
              Dec 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm
              we fail the system and later blame the decision maker!
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                SK
                Dec 9, 2016 at 3:53 am
                Can you believe Rahul who has lost his inheritance and Mamta is a street thug. Sarda scam , silent and accuse others without any proof. She should show what she has done in Bengal., nothing but loot. Phoolan Devi did something good.
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                  AW
                  Dec 9, 2016 at 3:40 am
                  Money cannot save Modi. 125 crore people going through hardest time and will kill any BJP leader go and ask for vote. Just wait now people are dying because of BJP.Soon it will be turn of BJP, RSS and Bhakts who may be dragged on streets by the mobs.
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Dec 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm
                    Drama of this man is becoming more and more ridiculous day by day.
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