Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the decision of demonetisation to “make himself a messiah of poor” and “win Uttar Pradesh assembly elections”.
“PM did this without considering its impact on common people, farmers, labourers, markets,” said Sibal addressing a press conference at UP Congress Committee office with state Congress president Raj Babbar.
Sibal said when Modi first reached Parliament after becoming the PM, he had kissed its floor but now did not have the courage to attend its sessions. The Opposition has been disrupting Parliament sessions demanding that the PM speak on the issue.
“The chowkidar of the country (PM Modi) has closed his eyes and is sleeping peacefully while the poor are spending sleepless nights,” he told reporters here. “Currency is never black…those who think it is, have their thinking flawed… actually it is the transaction which is black…The Prime Minister does not have the right understanding of economic situation.”
Babbar said the prime minister did not have courage to either speak the truth or listen to it. “He speaks in Ghazipur or Goa but he does not speak in the Parliament,” he said.
Likening Modi to Alauddin Khilji and Muhammad bin Tughluq, Sibal said he feels ashamed that the country is being run by a such a person.
He said the government’s decision to stop people from withdrawing money from their own accounts is a “criminal offence” and “breach of trust”. Sibal said 60 crore people in the country do not have bank accounts and 32 crore people’s accounts are dormant. (With PTI inputs)