New Delhi: A combative Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday launched an acerbic attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of “lying” on demonetisation to help his “crony capitalist” friends.
In probably his strongest attack on the Prime Minister till date, Mr Gandhi said on demonetisation “the man is lying”.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference, Mr Gandhi, who is leaving for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage on Friday, shot off some point-blank questions at the Prime Minister asking him to answer the youth of the country as to why the demonetisation exercise was carried out when actually it had decreased the GDP growth by two per cent and had resulted in the loss of crores of jobs.
Citing the RBI report on demonetisation, Mr Gandhi said “the prime minister had promised youth, middle and small businesses that demonetisation will wipe out black money and fake currency from the system and eliminate terrorism. Now the results have come and the result is that the entire money has come back”.
“The reason why our PM carried out demonetisation was to benefit 15-20 biggest crony capitalists of the country who had taken money from banks. They had non-performing assets. Narendra Modi took money out of your pockets and put it straight in the pockets of the biggest crony capitalists of the country. Mr Modi helped his friends turn black money into white,” he alleged.
“There is evidence coming out that demonetisation is nothing less than a huge scam. Slowly the evidence is coming out”
The Congress president also reiterated his demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Rafale deal.
He again asked the PM as to why an aircraft costing around Rs 520 crore was bought at Rs 1,600 crore.