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‘Selectively leaked’, Congress says demonetisation a big scam

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to participate in the debate in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

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TAKING ON the BJP government on the opening day of Winter Session of Parliament, a combative Congress Wednesday alleged that the government’s decision to withdraw Rs 1,000 and 500 notes was India’s “biggest scam”, as the decision was “selectively leaked”.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to participate in the debate in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Initiating the debate, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma demanded a probe into the whole affair and claimed the “ill-timed” and “ill-conceived” move had unleashed “economic anarchy” in the country. Calling the government “insensitive” to problems faced by the people, Sharma accused it of having created an environment where the Opposition is being attacked for asking questions and branding anti-nationals, and rejected the contention that the move was aimed at stamping out black money and counterfeit currency.

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Speaking later in the day, Sharma’s fellow Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said the move has brought PM Modi in league of autocrats like Muammar Gaddafi, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, a comparison that drew strong reactions from the treasury benches.

Frequently interrupted by BJP members, Tiwari accused Modi of “breaking the trust” of people and said, “In the last many years, no other developed and civilised nation has carried out demonetisation, except Gaddafi, Mussolini and Hitler. All three were autocrats. Now whose name will be taken as the fourth one? It will be that of Narendra Modi.”

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, meanwhile, intervened during the debate to say the Prime minister should be present in the House.

Earlier, criticising Modi for saying that only the unscrupulous are worried about their illegally amassed wealth and indicating that only they are queuing up before banks and ATMs, Sharma said the government has painted all the people of the country as criminals. They were standing in lines from 3 am while Modi was riding bullet trains in Japan, he added.

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Charging that the government “never kept the secrecy” around the cash callback move, as is being said now, Sharma said, “This information was selectively leaked. BJP units have deposited crores (before Modi’s announcement on November 8 evening)…. So it is my demand that this House fix the government’s accountability. There should be a probe to find out how many people had purchased gold, foreign currency and invested over Rs 1 crore in bullion from April to November 8.”

Sharma said an international non-profit, Global Financial Integrity, has released a report on the amount of money that left India between April and September. “Make public the list of those people (who sent out money)…Because when the list will come out, Hindustan’s biggest scam in the name of rooting out black money will be revealed. That should be probed.” he said.

First published on: 17-11-2016 at 12:58:34 am
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