Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called the demonetisation of high value currency as a “Modi-made disaster” while insisting that it has “ended the future of hundred of workers’’.
“Normally Prime Ministers work for the country and development of the economy (but Prime Minister) Narendra Modi has attacked our polity,’’ he said at a rally in Karnataka’s Belagavi. “I am sad today because, for the first time in the history of India, our Prime Minister has attacked the poor people of India. In English, there is a phrase man made disaster. This demonetisation is a Modi made disaster.’’
Gandhi blamed demonetisation for crippling the leather, automobile, cycle, brass and garments industries. “Modiji had promised to create jobs but joblessness is now at its peak.”
Gandhi accused Modi of making false promises regarding black money and corruption ahead of the 2014 polls. He added that he went for demonetisation when people began questioning and seeing through the promises. Gandhi emphasized that all black income was not held in cash. “The thieves are cautious and stingy. They invest cash in land, jewelry and in foreign countries in Switzerland in dollars,’’ he said. He added that only six per cent of black money is in cash while the rest is in real estate or in Swiss banks. “I am not saying this but Modiji himself said it during the campaign for the 2014 polls.’’
Gandhi noted that Modi had spoken about Swiss bank and foreign accounts in every speech during the election. “Modiji had said make him the Prime Minister and he will bring back crores of money hidden in foreign accounts. Do you remember? He said he would deposit Rs 15 lakh in everyone’s account. Nobody has got Rs 15 lakh.’’
He called Modi a “super event manager’’ and dismissed “surgical strike on black money and corruption’’ as new drama. “It is not a surgical strike on corruption but a fire bombing on the poor on the lines of aerial bomb attacks during the World War. The surgical strike has set fire to the homes of the honest and poor.’’
He cited Modi’s speech in Karnataka after demonetisation in which he had said that thieves were queuing to get money exchanged. “Were it honest people or thieves who were standing in line? It is the poor and middle class, who have been forced to stand in line…’’
Gandhi said that people are dependent on cash. “The poor buy with cash and not with debit cards. The farmer buys seeds and fertilizers with cash not with debit cards,’’ he said . He accused the government of snatching money from farmers.