On the one-year anniversary of demonetisation, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi described the decision as the “PM’s thoughtless act” and one that is “a tragedy”.
In a tweet, the Congress leader also said that millions of “lives and livelihoods were destroyed” due to last year’s decision to scrap high-value currency notes.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted –
Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives & livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act.
Rahul tweeted a Hindi couplet that alluded to the “suffering” the poor went through as a result of demonetisation.
“एक आँसू भी हुकूमत के लिए ख़तरा है
तुमने देखा नहीं आँखों का समुंदर होना”
The Congress and most other opposition parties are marking today, November 8, as ‘Black Day’. This, even as the Narendra Modi government is celebrating the day as ‘Anti-Black Money Day’
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury wondered what there was to celebrate.
The Aam Aadmi Party called the note ban a “betrayal of the nation”.
Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad concurred with Banerjee saying nothing was gained by the note ban. Like Yechury, he too wondered what there was to celebrate.
Lalu Prasad Tweeted –
BJP should explain why dictatorial & foolish step of #DeMoDisaster ever be celebrated? Nation gained nothing & economy suffered for nothing
Yesterday, former Prime Minister and Cambridge-trained economist Manmohan Singh lambasted the Modi government’s decision to scrap high value notes. He called it a “complete disaster” for the country’s economy.
“Tomorrow (November 8) we mark one year since the disastrous policy was thrust on the people of our country. Nowhere in the world has any nation taken such a drastic step that sweeped off 86 per cent of the currency,” said Singh.
He reiterated what he said in Parliament after the note ban, calling it “organised loot & legalized plunder”.