While holding a protest against demonetisation at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in New Delhi, several Congress leaders, including Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik, Sushmita Dev, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Keshav Yadav and Manish Chatrarh, Nasib Singh, courted arrest on Friday.
This comes a day after the party led the charge in criticising the note ban exercise and holding protests across the country . Earlier in the day, Congress in a statement said, “Indian Youth Congress is organising a protest outside RBI Headquarters on the occasion of the second anniversary of failed demonetisation. The protest is to highlight miseries of the nation since last two years under Modi regime. It is a protest against failed demonetisation of Modi government where common people of the nation suffered its grave consequences.”
On the second anniversary of demonetisation, on November 8, several Congress leaders and activists attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government for its note ban decision. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, fronting the attack, described the policy as an “ill-fated and ill-thought” exercise. He said the second anniversary of the policy announcement is a “day to remember how economic misadventures can roil the nation for a long time and understand that economic policymaking should be handled with thought and care. The “havoc” unleashed by “notebandi” on the economy and society “impacted every single person, regardless of age, gender, religion, occupation or creed.”
However, the BJP hit back asking why the Congress finds merit in protesting the government’s every “anti-corruption” measure. Stating that “confiscation of currency was not an objective” of demonetisation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the decision to scrap currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 two years ago has led to formalisation of the economy, curbing of cash transactions and more direct tax revenue.
He also said the “prophets of doom” have been “conclusively proved wrong” with India retaining its position as the fastest growing economy for the fifth year in a row.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi is in Chhattisgarh to address a rally as part of an election campaign two days ahead of the polls in the state.