Demonetisation woes: Rahul Gandhi interacts with people standing in queues

The move by Congress vice-president came right before the huddle by the opposition in Parliament today to discuss fresh strategy to counter demonetisation.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2016 11:49 am
rahul-gandhi-759 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday was seen speaking to people standing in the queues outside ATMs and banks, which began forming in the wee hours of morning in Delhi. Interacting with the locals, Rahul asked them about the inconvenience they were facing and called on them to voice their indignation against the Centre’s move of demonetisation, saying that it has become a major hassle in day to day life for the common man.

Rahul met with people in queues at Jahangirpuri, Inderlok and Zakira area. This move by the congress leader came right before the huddle by the opposition in both Houses of Parliament today at 9:30 a.m. to discuss fresh strategy to counter the Centre’s move to demonetise high value currency notes.

 

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Both the Houses of Parliament have been witnessing a stormy debate over demonetisation during the first three days of the winter session. In the Lok Sabha, the Congress and some other opposition parties insisted on a discussion on demonetisation under Rule 56, which entails voting and through an adjournment motion that implies suspension of all other business.

In both Houses, the opposition parties insisted on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence while opposing demonetisation.

In the Rajya Sabha, treasury benches also resorted to slogans after Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi referred to the Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad’s statement that more people had died because of demonetisation than had been killed in the Uri terror attack on September 18 this year.

The CPI (M), in a statement, said, “Instead of immediate measures to bring relief to the people, the government has now reduced the limit of exchanging notes per person from Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 2,000. This will hit hard the poorer sections.”

The opposition has been clamouring for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in the Parliament, saying that he has a moral obligation to answer the common man whose life has been thrown in turmoil because of demonetisation.

Lashing out at the Prime Minister for failing to appear in Parliament to face the opposition, the Congress had earlier asserted that the former was “absconding” from the House, but seemed to have enough time on his hands to address the Global Citizen Festival via video conferencing, where the internationally acclaimed band Cold Play performed.

“Fifty five people have died. Crores stand in line for the past 11 days. Banks do not have cash, ATMs do not have notes. People have money in their accounts, but there is no money to be withdrawn from their accounts,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, adding that the Prime Minister was missing from parliament since the Winter Session began.

“Parliament is on and the Rajya Sabha is demanding that the Prime Minister should come and answer on demonetization, but Modiji has time to address via video conferencing a Cold Play concert in Mumbai,” Surjewala added.

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First Published on: November 21, 2016 10:21 am
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    Archna
    Nov 21, 2016 at 8:32 am
    We really expect Media to be unbiased and present correct facts , some people who has been paid money to speak against move and show pain and get that story published , I think it is not right thing for media. We also live in real world and problem is not that big as projected..lt;br/gt;I hope some sense will previal in media
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      Archna
      Nov 21, 2016 at 8:46 am
      really drug addict pappu
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        Avi
        Nov 21, 2016 at 6:49 am
        After 30th December the same leaders will fight for taking credit of the black money worth of 3 lakh crores collected as black money. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just a politics right now.
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          Chandu Shah
          Nov 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm
          Pappu and his ancestors looted the country for more than 70 years
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            Sopan
            Nov 21, 2016 at 5:15 am
            Dear Mr. hi - Please do some constructive work. Criticism is easy.
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              Vikrant
              Nov 21, 2016 at 10:18 am
              Wow will congress and other chor parties say sorry for the number of people dying all over India because of poor infrastructure that they couldnt provide over last 70 years. The millions shehzada and his family had looted is the cause of this hardship. It is not poors that these chors are worried of but the money they are going to loose by end of this year
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                Harikrishnan
                Nov 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm
                Rahul should remember that congress leaders have led to the killing 1000s of Sikhs in the same Delhi
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                  Rathna LK
                  Nov 21, 2016 at 5:48 am
                  There is someone to understand the woes of common people.People are struggling.
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                    Aniket
                    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:35 pm
                    We are ready to face the troubles, if its for yielding something GOOD. Change always requires sacrifices, we appreciate the steps taken by Modi Ji.
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                      Avi
                      Nov 22, 2016 at 3:02 am
                      It is the common people who are unwilling to face troubles for sure for their owm hard earned money. How can corrupt BJP Bhakts and sanghis speak on their behalf sitting in AC rooms and luxary homes.
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                        Babau Ram Vishvakarma
                        Nov 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                        Modi ji should make planned scheme for eradicating curruption and black money with his cabinet minsters that may help allot giving real relief to the people of the Indian nation rather than changing rules everyday.Hawkish thoughts may harm the party as as government.
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                          Abhimanyu
                          Nov 21, 2016 at 9:30 am
                          One thing is clear. Modi made a big mistake and self-goal listening to the suggestion of Urijit Patel. Poetic justice to Raghuram Rajan.
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                            rishi
                            Nov 21, 2016 at 7:55 am
                            An Almost Fatally-Wounded Congress Desperate For Remaining In News Whatever The Nuisance Value It Can Exert In ts Extinction Stages.....failure of demonetisation though is no longer an option much to the frustration of this disgruntled section of the opposition caught on the wrong foot by this surgical strike against blackmoney and corruption these very crooks had their politics built and thriving upon for decades......they see themselves crumbling literally like paper-trash of their illegal cash !
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                              rishi
                              Nov 21, 2016 at 7:48 am
                              Seems rahul does not want to miss the entertaining discussions about alia-bhatt, ranbir kapoor and their films going on in the queues in banks and outside ATMs.....there is no reason for any mayhem anywhere as common citizens have the art of keeping themselves pleasantly busy in creative discussions on the life of our filmy heroes and heroines and the romantic stories revolving around them.....rahul too seems to have caught the fancy considering the repeated rounds of ATMs he is making !
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                                rishi
                                Nov 21, 2016 at 9:07 am
                                what's wrong about standing in queues ? Is it not a necessity for everyone in a civilised society to observe patience and follow good social practices in matters of common needs.....and citizens are duly taking the responsiibility of cleaning the nation from its systemic problem of blackmoney and corruption left behind by a colonial proxy that earlier regimes functioned as ...
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                                  gogogo
                                  Nov 21, 2016 at 8:09 am
                                  Pappu is an and so are all the opposition leaders.
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                                    Harpreet
                                    Nov 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm
                                    Big mouth corrupt BJP and RSS men are not seen anywhere near the queues. Sanghis already changed their Black Money before November 8, 2016 as they already had information from Modi. That's the reason BJP Politicians too scared to go near any Queues fear people might kill them due to anger and suffering.
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                                      Kay Gee
                                      Nov 21, 2016 at 6:46 am
                                      Ed, location of death is not fixed. Many people have been dyeing in bed or in their home will you stop sleeping in bed or staying in home.
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                                        Kay Gee
                                        Nov 21, 2016 at 6:43 am
                                        Why they are not distributing water, tea and food to people standing in Q? I do not think they are really worried for common Indians. They are cooking their own bread on corps.
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                                          Kay Gee
                                          Nov 21, 2016 at 6:52 am
                                          equality of society, all society slave of one family. you are right.
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                                            Harish
                                            Nov 21, 2016 at 8:14 am
                                            As an Indian Citizen i request all political parties to let the Parliament function. I am ready to play my part even if the measure yield at least 10% what is projected to achieve. So are most of the other common people of this country from Kanyakumari to JandK and from Arunachal to Gujarath.
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