New Delhi, Nov 9: The Congress on Friday staged a countrywide protest against the Narendra Modi Government’s demonetisation drive, which completed its second anniversary on November 8.
The opposition party workers and leaders took to streets in Mumbai, Chennai and Chandigarh, Patna, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Bengaluru and New Delhi and demonstrated over the note ban.
In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress workers observed a black day by wearing black coloured bands.
“People are unhappy with the BJP government. Demonetisation created a huge loss. We are protesting against it because Indian economy suffered badly because of it. We need to have a telescope to find a common man, who can stand up and say that he profited due to demonetisation. Only few people earned money due to this move”, Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat told ANI.
While protesting outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in New Delhi, the police detained several Congress workers.
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said “It’s shocking. I have never seen this kind of repression. We are a democracy. We should have been allowed to raise our voice against a wrong and reckless decision, which led to disaster. Prime Minister Modi is responsible for inflicting that pain on Indian people – there was loss of jobs, loss of lives, loss of businesses. Poor people were hurt the most”.
Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram asserted, “Demonetisation was an ill-conceived move, inspired by one or more persons who are totally unqualified on matters concerning money and the economy.”
On November 8, 2016, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at Centre had scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 higher currency notes as non-legal and introduced new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.