Apologise, pay compensation to those died in queues to exchange currency notes: Delhi Congress

Ajay Maken said the party will take out a 'Jan Akrosh March' in all Assembly constituencies of Delhi on Sunday and also hold a demonstration at Prime Minister's residence on November 23.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2016 8:50 pm
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Delhi Congress on Saturday claimed that 55 people have died in last 10 days since the Narendra Modi government’s issued ‘Tughlaki farman’ to demonetise Rs 500/1000 currency notes and sought an unconditional apology from the prime minister and compensation to the families of the deceased. “Last 10 days have seen tragic deaths of 55 innocent individuals. What was their fault? The heart rendering incidents expose the reality of the Modi government’s ‘Tuglaki Farman'”, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) Chief Ajay Maken told reporters at a press conference.

He said the party will take out a ‘Jan Akrosh March’ in all Assembly constituencies of Delhi on Sunday and also hold a demonstration at Prime Minister’s residence on November 23.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi should unconditionally apologise to these 55 families and give adequate compensation to the affected families. Also, their deaths should be investigated and action taken,” Maken demanded.

The DPCC chief also released a list of 55 people who died allegedly while standing in long queues to exchange or withdraw money from the banks and the ATMs.

Maken also alleged that people were not only dying and facing “inconvenience” due to demonetisation move but their purchasing power has also “declined by 82 per cent”, taking the country towards economic “anarchy”.

“In the first five days of demonetisation, people deposited Rs 4 lakh crore in the banks and an amount of Rs 71,000 crore was either exchanged or withdrawn from bank accounts. This itself proves that purchasing power of people has gone down by 82 per cent,” he said.