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Modi shows how little he cares about ordinary people: Rahul on currency change

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi blasted on Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s

india Updated: Nov 09, 2016 15:56 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Monday.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at Congress Working Committee meeting at AICC HQ in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi blasted on Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to replace Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes to take on illegal transactions.

In a series of tweets, Gandhi questioned how replacing Rs 1000 notes with Rs 2,000 notes was going to make hoarding of black money more difficult.

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Gandhi expressed concern for farmers, small traders and housewives—the sections that usually keep liquid cash with them for daily expenses.

“Once again Mr Modi shows how little he cares about ordinary people of this country-farmers, small shopkeepers, housewives-all thrown into utter chaos,” Gandhi tweeted.

While Modi’s move is expected to unearth undisclosed money stashed in the country and check its flow, Gandhi raked up the issue of bringing back black money parked abroad—a promise repeatedly made by BJP leadership during the 2014 general election campaign.

“While the real culprits sit tight on their black money stashed away abroad or in bullion/ real estate. Well done Mr Modi,” he tweeted, taking digs at the PM.

Gandhi’s reaction comes after his party maintained that it welcomed any

crackdown on black money and corruption but expressed concern over the inconvenience the move may cause to farmers, rural populace and families in the wedding season.

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“Congress has always supported any step against black money and will continue to do so,” party chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala ahd said.

But he remained critical about the government’s decision to circulate Rs 2,000 notes. “Won’t cancelling large denomination notes and replacing them with even larger denominations enable black money hoarders to stash even more money,” Surjewala said.