The Congress party criticized the Prime Minister Narendra Modi -led Centre’s move by calling it a ‘black day’ for Indian democracy and economy on the second anniversary of the central government’s demonetization drive on Thursday
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) staged a protest near Reserve Bank, Paltan Bazar against demonitaisation on Thursday and condemned Narendra Modi and BJP government. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora, Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, Debabrat Saikia, Rekibul Hussain and many other prominent Congress leaders took part in the protest.
A post on the official Twitter handle of the Congress party read, “The cost and destruction by demonetization was endured by every citizen of this country other than few crony capitalist friends of Prime Minister Modi. Demonetisation was a black day for our democracy and our economy” .
“On November 8, 2016, @narendramodi announced demonetisation alias Notebandi. It was an epic failure. Over 100 people died standing in bank queues. On second Barsi of This TUGLAKI FIRMAN, please observe 2 minutes silence for martyrs of this folly,” Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted.
“We of course are not going to do that! For we are civilised. However @narendramodi 730 days later don’t you think you should stand up at 8 PM today evening and just apologise to the nation. After all it is but human to err- It is another matter that over 100 people died due to it,” read another tweet.
Last year, too, the Congress and other opposition parties protested at various places across India against the central government’s drive.
“Two years ago,a disaster struck India’s economy. So much so that the PM has now stopped speaking about demonetisation after ruining lives of ordinary citizens. History will remember this day as a black day.When you caste your vote for Lok Sabha-never forget notebandi,” tweeted Congress leader Ahmed Patel.
On November 8, 2016, the Centre had declared Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as nonlegal and introduced new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes. Since then, various opposition leaders have highly criticised the Centre’s move, while the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies have backed the decision.