NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday likened notes ban to a “terror attack” as he led Congress attack on the Modi government on the third anniversary of the announcement that saw nearly 86 per cent of all the currency notes devalued.
Mr Gandhi alleged those behind the ‘attack’ were yet to be ‘brought to justice’ despite being responsible for “taking many lives, wiping out lakhs of small businesses and leaving millions of Indians unemployed”.
“It’s 3 yrs since the demonetisation terror attack that devastated the Indian economy, taking many lives, wiping out lakhs of small businesses & leaving millions of Indians unemployed. Those behind this vicious attack have yet to be brought to justice,” he said in a tweet while tagging pictures of some media reports related to note ban.
Rahul Gandhi’s sister Priyanka, meanwhile, claimed that notes ban proved to be a “disaster” that has all but destroyed the economy.
Three years after #Demonetisation the pain & fear still lingers in people's lives & the devastating effect on the economy reverberates through every sector.
— Congress (@INCIndia) November 8, 2019
3 years since Demonetisation and every claim made by the government and those hailing it as a slayer of all evils has been turned on its head. It proved to be a disaster that has all but destroyed our economy,” Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, using the hashtag ”DeMonetisation Disaster”.
‘DeMonetisation Disaster” was among the top trends on Twitter India when the story was filed.
The Congress also posted a series of tweets with graphs and datas to showcase the effect of demonetisation on the Indian economy. The party said that 105 Indians lost their lives because of this government’s “tactless decisions”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address on November 8, 2016, had announced that Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 currency notes — which accounted for nearly 86 per cent of the currency notes in circulation — would cease to be legal tender.
He had said that the decision was taken to crack down on black money, terror funding and corruption.