Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh in Indore on Thursday attacked the NDA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “governance failure” following demonetisation.
“The demonetization will neither end corruption, nor reduce black money or end the problem of counterfeit currency or funding of terrorism. To target 5% people, the government has caused immense hardship to 95% of population,” he said while talking to media at Indore press club.
Replying to a query, Singh said demonetisation will have no impact on the fortunes of main political parties in poll-bound UP. He said it was time for making the entire election funding more transparent by introducing state funding of election.
“I think time has come for state funding of elections, and it would be better to collect tax of about Rs 700 crore per year and ban election spending by political parties,” he said.
Replying to a query on Congress party’s defeat in Shahdol and Nepanagar bypolls, Singh said candidates of all parties that were in power in the state have won the by-polls. He, however, said the responsibility for the defeat had to be shared by everyone right from the state president to himself.
In a lighter vein, Singh, a former chief minister of MP, said the problem with Congress in Madhya Pradesh was that there were too many leaders.
Singh alleged that government machinery was being misused to get the accused acquitted in Malegaon blast and other cases. On the recent encounter of SIMI activists, he said now that the judicial inquiry has been ordered, the Congress was waiting for the issuance of terms of reference so that it could put forward its views.
When asked if the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was a masterstroke by PM Modi that has left the opposition in a state of shock, Singh said the BJP leaders were in deeper shock.
Singh also compared PM Modi to Hitler, saying history of both leaders have several similarities.