The “big” rally promised by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya in support of the Centre decision to demonetise high-value banknotes, turned out to be a damp squib in Indore with less than 2000 party supporters attending.
Given the organisational strength of Vijayvargiya and Indore legislators Ramesh Mendola and their strong support base, the poor turnout was a surprise. “More people take part in roadside meetings in Indore,” a BJP supporter said.
The rally started from Chimanbagh grounds and ended at Rajwada where a public meeting attended by Union power minister Piyush Goyal .
Taking a dig at Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s statement on demonetisation and terror funding, Goyal said, “Agar Digvijay Ji bol rahe hain ki notebandi se terror funding khatam nahi hogi, toh unhe zyada hi pata hoga (If Digvijay Ji is saying that demonetisation will not stop terror funding, then he must be more aware about terrorism and funding of terrorists).”
While addressing the rally the union minister said, “It is overwhelming to see farmers, women and small traders’ participation in this rally,” adding that the rally will give befitting reply to opposition parties who is spreading false propaganda against Modi government.
Only a small percentage of people were against demonetisation, which will ultimately help the country, said Vijayvargiya. “It is wrong to say that farmers and small traders are against the demonetisation as they are present in large numbers at this rally,” he said.
Later replying to a media query on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on demonetisation, Goyal said, “His arguments that there will be 2% fall in the GDP due to demonetisation seems illogical to me. How can black money, which will be deposited in banks slow down the economy.
“Rather, it will strengthen our economy. With the money in hand, banks can in turn provide loans at lower interest rates to people, especially farmers.”