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Congress to step up note ban stir

THE ASIAN AGE. | ASHHAR KHAN
Published : Dec 23, 2016, 12:51 am IST
Updated : Dec 23, 2016, 4:10 am IST

Congress is in the process of setting up an internal committee to take ill-effects of demoentisation to the people.

Old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes placed in an order that reads BAN in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
 Old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes placed in an order that reads BAN in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Congress is not going to let the demonetisation issue die down and plans to cash in on it. Post the 50—day deadline to ease pain — promised by the prime Minister — the Congress is planning to up its ante, according to sources in the party.

Congress is in the process of setting up an internal committee to take ill-effects of demoentisation to the people. The proposed committee is expected to be announced soon and the first meeting will be held in the first week on January.

 

Congress feels that even after the 50 days are over, things will not get any better. So the party needs to be on the ground to highlight the problems being faced by the common man. There are several initiatives in the offing like press conferences by senior leaders, seminars with specific groups et al.

The Congress has been taking on the Prime Minister over demonetisation during the entire session of the recently concluded Winter Session of Parliament — which was washed out — blaming him directly for sheilding the corrupt and bringing pain to the poor.

The Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has addressed two protest rallies in the poll-bound state of Uttar Pradesh, where he extensively attacked the Prime Minister and levelled corruption charges against him.

 

In the last one month, all Congress state units across the country have held protests against demonetisation. Now the Congress wants to ensure the momentum, it has built over a period of time, does not fizzle out.

The Mumbai Congress has already started campaigning online and on the streets. They have started putting out countdown messages like “eight days to go”. In Delhi, the Congress will also take to the streets after the deadline is over.

The game plan of Congress is to paint the ruling party as a liar. Since the PM himself had come on TV and promised that the pain the public is facing will be over in fifty days, the Congress plans to use that to attack the BJP at Centre and say that the PM makes empty promises.

 

The Centre is already facing severe criticism for the flip flops by finance ministry and the RBI on several of their notifications.

Tags: demonetisation, winter session, parliament
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi