“Won’t Let India Forgive Or Forget”: Sonia Gandhi On Notes Ban Anniversary

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi during a meeting of party general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs and others at party Headquarters in New Delhi on Sep 12, 2019. — IANS

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NEW DELHI — Congress president Sonia Gandhi on third anniversary of demonetisation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured central government to ensure that the people neither forgive nor forget the “Tughlaqi blunder” that had brought the nation’s economy to its knees.

In a statement on Friday Sonia Gandhi held the Modi government responsible for taking away livelihoods through demonetisation.

She said the prime minister and his colleagues have never taken responsibility for the “faux pas” that claimed over 120 lives and proved a death knell for India’s medium and small businesses.

“No matter how much the Modi government may try and evade responsibility for this ludicrous and short-sighted measure, the nation and its people will ensure that they are held accountable,” Gandhi said.

“The prime minister and his colleagues have stopped speaking about demonetisation since 2017, hoping that the nation will forget. Unfortunately for them, the Congress will ensure that neither the nation nor history, forgives or forgets. Because unlike the BJP, we serve in ‘National Interest’,” she added.

She said three years on, demonetisation is perhaps the single most appropriate metaphor for the BJP’s “ill-conceived governance model”.

“It was a preposterous measure fuelled by false propaganda, which did untold damage to innocent and trusting countrymen. This, in a nutshell, is a summary of the Modi Government’s approach to Governance,” she said.

“Yet, despite all the empty rhetoric about holding himself accountable, the prime minister and his colleagues never once took responsibility for – or even acknowledged – this faux pas that claimed over a hundred and twenty lives (by a conservative estimate), proved a death knell for India’s medium and small businesses, snatched the livelihoods of India’s farmers and reduced millions of families to the very margins of poverty,” she noted.

Gandhi recalled that on November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Modi demonetised the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes by one sweeping measure and promised the nation to wipe out black money, eliminate fake currency and purge terrorism and naxalism.

The BJP government even told the Supreme Court that black money to the tune of Rs 3,00,000 crore will be purged as it would not return into the system. Subsequently, the prime minister added the objective of abolition of cash currency usage and to replace it with a digital economy, she said.

“Three years later, Prime Minister Modi has failed spectacularly on all these counts,” she said.

The Congress chief said the RBI has confirmed that 99.3 per cent of all the devalued Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes have been re-deposited with zero windfall gain. “Fake notes turned out to be a miniscule and negligible percentage of the notes in circulation (again, as per the RBI).”

(With inputs from PTI)

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