Demonetisation is like PM clearing the pond to kill crocodiles: Sitaram Yechury

Yechury asked the government to allow old notes to be transacted for all white transactions and public purposes till alternative arrangements were put in place.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 17, 2016 1:28 pm
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CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury tore into the Central government’s demonetisation policy, saying the move will not end corruption in the country. Participating in a debate on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, Yechury said, “If you stop Rs 500, and Rs 1,000 notes, do you think corruption will stop? Now corruption will double with Rs 2000 notes.”

“Small fishes are dying, while big crocodiles are enjoying. Demonetisation is like PM clearing the pond to kill the crocodiles. Not realising crocodiles can live on land as well,” Yechury said. Questioning the government’s logic behind scrapping old Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes, Yechury said that 86 per cent of the transactions in the country are in cash and 80.8 per cent of the rural population was not covered by the banking system. He said only 6 per cent of the black money is in cash.

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Yechury said that the country today was living on cash transactions of 14 per cent.  Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said, “None of the points said by PM stand on any strong footing, whether it’s terror funding, black money, counterfeit currency, or corruption. If none of the objectives are to be fulfilled by this, what is the meaning of this move?”

Yechury rued that plantation workers have been committing suicide, unable to make ends meet, and truckers across the country were feeling the heat over the issue. Yechury asked the government to allow old notes to be transacted for all white transactions and public purposes till alternative arrangements were put in place.

In a surprise move on November 8, the Modi government scrapped the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.  Since then, people across the country have been been queuing up outside banks and ATM to withdraw and deposit notes. (With ANI inputs)

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First Published on: November 16, 2016 3:58 pm
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    MyTake
    Nov 16, 2016 at 10:50 am
    India has woken up , keep moving!
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      SubbuI
      Nov 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm
      SOOOOO WHAT? OUR GREAT LEADER DOES THAT THEN IT IS FOR INDIA'S GOOD.EVEN IF HE FORMS SUSCIDE SQUAD TO KILL NATIONAL OPPOSITION TO HIM WE ALL INDIAN WILL AGREE. INDIA IS MODI-INDIA IS MODI.HAIL MODI
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        Amit
        Nov 16, 2016 at 11:03 am
        Be careful then Mr. Yechuri! will pray for you.
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          Balakrishnan
          Nov 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm
          It is like pouring water and sand together into a filter to separate sand. There is no other way. Water is slowly trickling into the banks. Sand will be left behind
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            A villager
            Nov 16, 2016 at 10:57 am
            Yechuri is right about crocodiles. They can live on land too. Today only UP CM Akhilesh announced that old Rs 500 and 1000 notes can be utilised for land deals in UP .
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              T DUTTA
              Nov 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm
              SOME POLITICIANS NEVER WIN ELECTIONS IN THEIR HOME STATE-----THEY DEPEND UPON THE CHARITY OF OTHER STATES
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                T DUTTA
                Nov 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                many politicians do not understand economics-----
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                  IMOZI MD
                  Nov 16, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                  It is not his fault , either it is due to the JNU economics poor curriculum standards. or he is a drop out of JNU.
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                    giri nambally
                    Nov 16, 2016 at 11:30 am
                    neither pm is emptying the pond nor killing the crocodile,all he is trying is weed out blackmoney from the system which is leagcy received from earlier govt in power.
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                      Hari
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                      Other than strikes Communists know nothing.
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                        Hari
                        Nov 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                        Poor people of Bengal were under Communist crocodile. Communists shed crocodile tears.
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                          Ramakrishnan
                          Nov 16, 2016 at 11:18 am
                          Useless leech.
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                            Ramakrishnan
                            Nov 16, 2016 at 11:16 am
                            Yechury is one of those crocodile shedding tears.
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                              l s
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 10:51 am
                              Crocodiles like you, Raja, Rahul baby do not deserve anything more.
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                                Lawrence
                                Nov 16, 2016 at 11:13 am
                                Yechury you are correct True Indian's are the Tax Payers they are standing in the Bank and ATM queue and Daily wagers are standing in the queue, but the Rich People are not in the queue because you are shouting like a DASH in the parliment to Rollback this demonetisation move
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                                  L bhadrapati Devi
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 4:02 pm
                                  Yechuryji, the demonetization doesn't harm anybody. Yes, inconvenience in getting transaction is felt by people but they are ready to sacrifice for the national cause. People are happy to the clean up drive. You crocodile are making suffer.
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                                    Madhavi
                                    Nov 19, 2016 at 8:26 am
                                    Wht the govt is dng to reach the rural part of India....Co operative banks now on pen down strike...one single nationalised bank caters to 15 something villages...n tht too running out of cash....sowing season disturbed...govt should have done hw before...withdrawing 86% of liquidation for just 6% of non accounted money...its disaster...govt should have thought abut better tax structure n strict laws...big fishes( crocodile s) still enjoying... So wht r thinking to catch then only 2 % of black money by spending huge on new currency...n BTW why to introduce big denomination like 2k... When country is thinking of going digitisation... It should not be more tham 10% of total liquidation... Otherwise more unaccountable money stacking is on the waylt;br/gt;Earlier, on 9th was so happy with this call....but now the condition seems somehow worse n it looks likesome scam...keep in mind only 2% r not effected by this like me...who r paying taxes n using plastic money... Wht abut 85 % of rural sector...alright all r happy to stand in queues...but the question remains the same...will big fishes would be caught... Do it will serve any benefit... Not now but maybe in coming future..but how
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                                      Manohar Sharma
                                      Nov 16, 2016 at 11:25 am
                                      Chor Machaye Shor.
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                                        M.K
                                        Nov 16, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                        USELESS SPEACH
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                                          Rajat
                                          Nov 16, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                                          Feku should have been made something he is expert in like serving tea. lt;br/gt;Why finance??
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                                            Rajesh Natrajan
                                            Nov 17, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                            To all the blind bhakts Please watch the like, what said in parliament.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;
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