Demonetisation: Only protest, no Bharat bandh, says Congress

Congress also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cashless society slogan as a “ridiculous proposition”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 28, 2016 1:19 am
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The Congress on Sunday said it has not called for a Bharat bandh on Monday to protest withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and said the party was against such shutdown. The main Opposition party also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cashless society slogan as a “ridiculous proposition”. The party said the decision to scrap big-denomination currency was a “political” move that is “being sold as a step against black money”.

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“The Prime Minister is talking about cashless society. Which world is he living in? Is he living in India? Cashless society can happen after 100 years, but the reality today is that our economy runs on cash,” senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said.

He said only 2 per cent of India’s population uses plastic money. “Our prime minister is a soundbite prime minister. Less cash to cashless — it sounds good on television. It is a good line, but the reality is different,” he said. “I don’t think India can become cashless in the next 15-20 years. It can be a long-term goal, but what is the reality. India cannot be a cashless society by force or by shock. There are a little over 2 lakh ATMs, 1.3 lakh branches…it will take time..”

He claimed that to get Indian economy back on track, “the government needs to create 1,200 crore in 500-rupee notes and for this, it will take 250 days”.

“Does the Prime Minister want to have a cashless mandi? Does the PM want to have the unorganised sector working cashless? I am sorry to say it’s a ridiculous proposition to say that India will become cashless and all these different sectors of the economy will become cashless,” he said.

Ramesh added that the BJP was spreading misinformation that the Opposition had called for a Bharat bandh Monday. “The Opposition parties will hold protests by observing Jan Aakrosh Diwas,” he said.

“We are against a bandh. We will extend all support to any protest movement, any protest campaign, any public procession. But we are not in favour of and we certainly have not called for a Bharat bandh. We don’t have to call a Bharat bandh because Bharat is already bandh from November 9 onwards. Narendra Modi has already shut down India. All economic activity has come to a halt..the rural areas, the agriculture sector, the unorganised sector, small and medium enterprises all have been closed down,” Ramesh said. He claimed that the decision to scrap high-denomination notes was a political move because the Prime Minister wanted to hide his government’s failures and since he believes in “dhamaka” approach to governance to change the narrative.

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    indian
    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:14 am
    Lol. Good try congress
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 28, 2016 at 1:08 am
      Oh so nice of you. But then the bandh is certainly a non event so why loose face. It is so easy to disrupt parliament with just 40 odd pygmies.
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        point
        Nov 28, 2016 at 9:27 am
        22 crores.. tell me which reform of congress made people come out of poverty... it was reforms by Vajpayee. It takes 2-3 years for anything to show up in a vast country like India. When China implemented reforms... there was no change in growth for 3 years but later gave double digit growth for 30 years. Present govt's reforms will lead to sustained growth in the future.
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          ashok s
          Nov 28, 2016 at 12:21 am
          Cingies can't afford bharat bandh as they no funds left to support such move. They don't have financial power to mobilize crowd
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            ashutosh
            Nov 28, 2016 at 5:44 am
            Congress is a problem for our country. They are factor behind all corrupt practices , and now they are giving Bhashans , why they never try to stop printing of 500 and 1000 notes in their 10 years, and now they know that 85% of potion which is GAREEB,KISAN,MAZDOOR has to be be survive on small notes. They intentionally allowed BLACK MONEY to flow along with system because their motto is - SATAA SE PAISA, PAISE SE SATTA,
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              baarish
              Nov 28, 2016 at 4:15 am
              Is any Solution provided by Congress? Has there been any Solution provided by Congress since last 70 years? No, because they are the problem !
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                PN badri
                Nov 28, 2016 at 4:11 pm
                As on date BJP party like AIADMK led by JJ lack of dissent voice for the shortcomings. Boss is always right and do what I say motto of BJP to all leaders and cadres.
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                  PN badri
                  Nov 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                  Cashless banks,cashless ATMs,cashless people of India. Our PM achieved his latest slogan within 2/3weeks.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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                    Arpit
                    Nov 28, 2016 at 1:00 am
                    Tum kar k dikhao...tumhara tamasha..public bhooli nai hai abhi..2g..sonia G. And scam loot which was unleashed on india ...joote maaregi public.
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                      Hindu
                      Nov 28, 2016 at 5:33 am
                      Out of 22 crores...HOW MANY ARE CONGRESS THIEVES..cluding you ??
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                        jayaram reddi
                        Nov 28, 2016 at 1:22 am
                        It is difficult to listen to him unless he gets hair-cut.
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                          Jayant Barve
                          Nov 28, 2016 at 1:17 am
                          Well Mr Jairam, just remember utterances by you all your learned colleagues - a league of corrupts. Have enough courrage to remind people of them, after just 6-8 months, when you will see India went ahead successfully as a leading cashless democracy.lt;br/gt;May be, you all will be busy creating silly hue and cry on another revolutionary step taken by Mr Modi before next parliament session.
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                            jugnu Singh
                            Nov 27, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                            Being on the side of pragmatism than valour, Congress has taken the right stance of not supporting the bandh call.
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                              manikantan
                              Nov 28, 2016 at 5:07 am
                              Blind Bhakts cannot see. 22 Crore people moved out of poverty line during MMS period. Can you tell how many people in the last. May be your PM has dragged 2 to 3 cr inside the parliament. If you are confident why dont face the parliament
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                                manikantan
                                Nov 28, 2016 at 5:02 am
                                Perfectly put.
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                                  mumbikar
                                  Nov 28, 2016 at 8:46 am
                                  the bhakts like to believe that bjp/rss/modi/shah are the cleanest people in our country !!! ask them to open they closets !!!!! the world knows the rest !!! no politicians from any party is clean !!! bottom line, no politician. we the people are the fools, they are the smartest.
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                                    Mahamadhusen Gogi
                                    Dec 5, 2016 at 3:13 am
                                    YES. I am agree with u. but we should give him all 5 year period. if he failed to fulfill all his commandments whatever he committed to public during election rallies...
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                                      Mahamadhusen Gogi
                                      Nov 28, 2016 at 4:39 am
                                      we know your aim behind this type of statements. people are not fool. they all know what is wrong and what is correct.
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                                        Hari Pillai
                                        Nov 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm
                                        Let us now have the common man call for a protest against political parties and the goons behind today's protest sending a strong message that it is the people who decides and it is their opinion that matters, not that of the power brokers and middlemen.
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                                          naresh
                                          Nov 28, 2016 at 2:11 am
                                          Good sense prevail I hope some of this prevails in the parliament too. The opposition knows they would fall flat on their face had they asked the nation to join them. On other thoughts this exercise is just a floor test of their pority. In any case there is no going back on 500-100 and Modiji is for life, PM.
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                                            Raman Govindan
                                            Nov 28, 2016 at 11:57 am
                                            many a congress leaders like PC. Jairam, Sibal are well educated, experienced and talented. but unfortunately they act and behave and talk as coteries to the dynasty. which removes all their capability! it does really surprise me why they act like what they do! I see no rationality in their approach! except that they do not have their own base in any consuency and they need the support of dynasty to get elected to stick to power center at Delhi!
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