Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Monday hit out against the Centre’s move to discontinue old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. “Jahan bhi main gaya aaj aur logon se mila, log kasht mein the (Where ever I went today, I saw people suffering),” Rahul said. He claimed that banks are dispensing cash to a select few through backdoor. “Logon ne kaha wo line mein khade hain, aur bank ke peeche se deal ho rahi hai. Chune hue logon ko cash diya ja raha hai (People standing in queues told me that banks are cutting deals. Only select people are getting cash),” he said.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul said: “Wo (PM Modi) na apne mantriyon se poochte hain, jo mann mein aata hai kar dete hain (He doesn’t take inputs from his ministers, does whatever comes to his mind).”
Saying that Modi cannot be even called as a “super Prime Minister” anymore, Rahul said people need to find a new word to define him. “Aajkal koi naya roop aaya hai, Super Prime Minister bhi nahin keh sakte hain. Define karne ke liye naya shabd nikaalna padega (These days he has taken a new form, can’t even call him a super prime minister. Need to find a new word to define him),” he said.
Speaking on the Indore-Patna Express train tragedy that left over 100 passengers dead, he blamed PM Modi for not raising the issue of track maintainance and safety in his speeches. “PM gave speeches on bullet trains, why didn’t he talk about maintenance of railway tracks and the safety,” he said.
Earlier today, Rahul interacted with people standing in queues outside ATMs. He visited several areas in Delhi to gauge the public mood on the demonetisation move. It was his third visit since old high currency tender was declared illegal on November 8.