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Congress vice president hits out at Narendra Modi and BJP for proposed celebration of noteban anniversary, calls demonetisation an out and out disaster

Keeping up his attack against Narendra Modi and the BJP over demonetisation and the glitches in the Goods and Services Tax implementation, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Monday, said that the Prime Minister has “not been able to understand the pain of the people”.

With his party set to observe the first anniversary of demonetisation on November 8 as a ‘black day’ – the BJP has declared that it will organise celebrations to mark the occasion as anti-black money day – Rahul headed a meeting of all Congress general secretaries at the AICC headquarters, 24 Akbar Roadon Monday. His chairing the meeting of the party’s senior office bearers is in itself symbolic of his growing involvement with party affairs in the run up to his imminent elevation as the Congress president, something that Congress sources say will happen “anytime in November”.

Demonetisation and the GST rollout seem to have become the Congress vice president’s favourite sticks to rap the Modi government with. Rahul has been repeatedly speaking about the damage that the twin decisions of the Modi government have wreaked upon the common man in general and the Indian economy in particular. He had earlier termed demonetisation and hasty implementation of the GST regime by the Centre as a “double tap” attack by Modi on Indian citizens. He had also mocked the Prime Minister by stating that only “someone with a big chest, but a very small heart” (a reference to Modi and swipe at his famous 56 inch chest boast) can “make millions of Indian citizens stand in queues for over two months”.

On Monday too, the Congress vice president decided to focus his attack on Modi through the prism of demonetisation and GST.

“The Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is yet not able to understand the pain of the nation…I don’t know what they are going to celebrate. November 8 is a sad day for us,” he said referring to the government’s decision to observe the noteban anniversary it as anti-black money day.

“Today we had two meetings, one on demonetisation and the other on GST. In the demonetisation meeting we discussed how the country has suffered and many small businesses have closed. In the GST meeting, it was discussed how a good idea was destroyed,” Gandhi said. The Prime Minister had fired “two torpedoes – demonetisation and poor implementation of GST” on the Indian economy, Rahul asserted, adding that the “Indian economy was now in the ICU”.

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