The government’s demonetisation drive is a ‘firebomb’ directed at the ‘honest people’, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said in Goa on Friday.
“Yeh surgical strike nahi thi yeh Hindustan ke imaandar logon pe “firebombing” thi,” Gandhi said at a rally in Margao.
“The impact of firebombing was far worse than the atom bomb. Narendra Modi has done similar firebombing through demonetisation and burnt entire India,” he said.
The scrapping of high-value banknotes has ‘targeted the poor’, Gandhi said, adding that the drive has ‘destroyed the cash economy of India’.
He accused the Centre of terming unreturned money from ‘rich people’ as ‘non-performing assets’.
“One per cent super-rich people usurped Rs 8 lakh crore from India’s banks. When they didn’t return money, you (Centre) called it non-performing asset,” Gandhi said.
Gandhi claimed that the demonetisation exercise will ‘snatch money from the poor and give it to the rich.
“In Modiji’s cashless economy, 5-6% cash will magically disappear from every transaction and those 1% super-rich ppl will get it,” Gandhi said.
He said total 50 Indian families have the maximum wealth of the country.
However, he pledged ‘full support’ to the NDA government ‘if it wants to remove corruption from the country’.
The Congress vice-president, however, didn’t divulge details on the “personal corruption of the PM” he had threatened to reveal recently..
On Wednesday the Congress vice-president had alleged that he knew about “personal corruption” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was “terrified” of the information. But he gave no detail.
The BJP-led NDA called Gandhi’s claims as ‘baseless’, with minister for state for home, Kiren Rijiju, calling it “the biggest joke of the year”.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said on Thursday the Congress leader is bound by law to report such “explosive” information to either police or court. “.... not doing so carries a punishment of three years,” he added.
A Gandhi-led Congress delegation met Modi on Friday to highlight the plight of farmers in the country and demanded a loan waiver for them. Sources said the Prime Minister gave the delegation a patient hearing and told Gandhi to “keep meeting him”.
However, the meeting ended up splitting the Opposition as the winter session of Parliament came to a close on Friday.
The Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Left, the DMK and the Nationalist Congress Party didn’t join the Congress-led delegation that met President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday to submit a memorandum, accusing the government of not allowing them to discuss its decision to recall 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in Parliament.
(with inputs from PTI)