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    Jammu Kashmir125 Cr Indians victims of Note Ban calamity: Cong

    125 Cr Indians victims of Note Ban calamity: Cong


    125 Cr Indians victims of Note Ban calamity: Cong


    Tawi, December 29

    The All Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary, Smt Ambika Soni today flayed the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government on November 8 saying that it had proved to be a calamity for the 125 crore people of India. A former Union Minister said that how and what basis had the Prime Minister taken this sudden decision consultation.

    The Congress leader was on a day-long visit to J&K and briefed the media at the jam-packed party headquarters here today.

    “When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the currency ban on November 8 in order to fight corruption, militancy, fake notes, our party did not reject the move. The Prime Minister appealed to the citizens of the country to give him 50 days to get things done but unfortunately with the passage of time post demonetisation, the difficulties of the common man have increased with every single day,” she said.

    “This is without any doubt a big scam. We wanted a debate on this sudden move of the government but we were not allowed to talk in Parliament. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was also not allowed to talk on the issue,” the AICC general secretary said.

    She further said that the Prime Minister was talking high of cashless transactions in the country which was not easy, claiming that 86 per cent of the transactions in the country were being done through cash only.

    Ambika Soni said the majority of the population of the country were unaware of mobile banking, cashless transactions and the move would only add to confusion.

    “On Congress' foundation day, we have asked five questions and put forth demands to the Prime Minister concerning the citizens of the country who are facing tremendous difficulties post demonetisation. Till we get all our answers we will not sit back silently. Our question to the government is that it claimed that the move will bring black money back. We want to know the exact amount,” Ambika Soni said.

    She claimed that the party had proofs of big transactions made by BJP leaders between August 8 and November 8 wherein huge chunk of land was purchased and buildings owned. “We have documentary proof and we are informing the common man throughout the country. We want to know the exact details of the cash transitions made in excess of Rs 25 lakh between that particular period of 3-4 months,” Ambika Soni said.

    She said before the announcement of the currency ban, the Centre had made no preparation to tackle the situation which had gone out of control as so many people had lost their lives just to draw a meagre amount from ATMs and banks across the country.

    “We want adequate compensation for those who lost their lives. Many people lost employment, women who have made small savings for future are also suffering due to the currency ban. Farmers are also the worst affected with this sudden move of the government. We want the government should give them bonus,” the AICC general secretary said.

    In reply to a question regarding alleged involvement of two Jammu-based BJP ministers in big cash transactions, Ambika Soni said: “We have already demanded a full inquiry from the government to know the truth.”

    Jammu and Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Ghulam Ahmad Mir, former ministers Nawang Rigzin Jora, Sham Lal Sharma and Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed and former MP Madan Lal Sharma were also present.

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