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Demonetisation war: PM Modi can't fool nation by shedding crocodile tears, says Congress

Updated: Nov 22, 2016 14:39 IST

New Delhi [India]. Nov. 22 (ANI): Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emotional speech to the BJP lawmakers on demonetisation, the Congress on Tuesday said the former can't fool the nation by shedding crocodile tears, adding that he needs to start dealing with governance and stop selling dreams.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told ANI it is high time that the Prime Minister must answer to the concerns of the nation post demonetisation.

"The Prime Minister mocks at people of India in Japan. The Prime Minister makes fun of people whose daughters are getting married in Japan. From a chaiwala in Rajasthan, to a headmaster in Cooch Behar, all have died waiting in lines to withdraw money for their daughter's marriage," Surjewala said.

"Now, the Prime Minister by shedding crocodile tears cannot fool this country. Modi ji needs to start dealing with governance. He should stop only selling dreams," he added.

Surjewala asserted that platitudes and resorting to imponderables, rhetoric and sloganeering, jingoism and self back slapping is not the way forward.

"The people of this country want simple answers to simple questions. 70 people have died in thirteen days on account of demonetisation decision. Will the Prime Minister apologise to those families as also to 125 crore people of India? You have withdrawn currency worth about 15-16 lakh crore. 2,300 crore notes will take seven months to print. Why did you not print in advance new notes before taking such a drastic decision of demonetisation?" he added.

The Congress spokesperson further stated that Prime Minister Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regrettably do not even know when the Rabi sowing season begins.

"They are giving lectures today that Rabi season is about to begin. For heaven's sake, Prime Minister and Jaitley ji you must know Rabi season started 25 days ago. The sowing season is about to get over. A country where the Prime Minister and Finance Minister do not even know when is the wheat crop grown, how will that country tackle this crisis and how will agri-economy prosper?" he added.

"As the entire country is up in arms on account of the abject failure in implementing demonetisation on the ground, there is a cozy club of back slapping and praising each other which is a handful of people like Arun Jaitley and Narendra Modi and some of their crony capitalists. But this country will not be run by them," Surjewala stated.

"Has Finance Minister ever gone to a field and understood the problem of a common agriculturist? I want to ask Arun Jaitley have you ever seen a farm labourer except payment in cheque or swiping debit cards? The truth is we have a Finance Minister who has no comprehension or knowledge about the diversity of this country. He only sits in air-conditioned rooms and in a make-believe world and give sermons to people of this country just like Modi j," he added.

Escalating his attack, Surjewala said both the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister should come down from the high pedestal that they are sitting on and should really start understanding as to how the common Indian is suffering irreparably on account of economic emergency heaped upon them by unwitting decision of demonetisation.

"It is like putting the cart before the horse. Modi ji if you needed suggestions on demonetisation 70 people would not have died. If you had taken valid suggestions on demonetisation, you would have gone to Dr. Manmohan Singh who did demonetisation, withdrew every 500 and 1,000 rupee note before 2005 and made sure that 3,61,000 crore of black money was taken off the ground but nobody even came to know about it," he added.

Asserting that the Modi government is devising escape routes as now it has realized that it can neither go back nor go forward on demonetisation, Surjewala said escapism will not do rather real governance is the only solution.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi asserted that the demonetization of high value currency is just a beginning of his government's deep and continuous struggle against black money.

Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meeting here, the Prime Minister said the decision is in the interest of poor and middle class, adding that his government is dedicated to eradicate the evils of black money and corruption which have affected people in the last 70 years. (ANI)