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Slamming the Centre’s move to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the Mumbai unit of the Congress Thursday said it would launch a ‘money ki baat’ programme to expose the ‘fraud’. The initiative is to begin from November 22 at major locations outside banks across the city.
Congress leaders said that the decision has affected large number of people, who are ‘finding it hard to withdraw their hard-earned money’. “So far, 37 people who lined up to exchange their money have died. Since Modi does ‘man ki baat’ with people, we will organise the ‘money ki baat’ to tell them how the decision is ill-thought-out and fraudulent. These discussions will be held outside bank branches near railway stations, markets and grounds, without inconveniencing people coming to the banks,” said Sanjay Nirupam, president of Mumbai Congress.
Nirupam further said that many marriages had been delayed and patients were not getting treatment owing to the Centre’s decision. “Businesses such as jewellery, retail, hotel, healthcare, pharma and leather are down by 70-80 per cent. This move has increased employment. This situation is likely to continue for seven months, as only 300 crore notes of currency can be printed every month. We need around 2,300 notes in all,” Nirupam said, adding that the decision had been communicated beforehand to select leaders and industrialists.