GUWAHATI, Nov 8: Police detained several Assam Congress leaders, including state APCC president and Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora, during a protest staged here against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s demonetisation which completed two years on Thursday.
Several senior Congress leaders, including former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, former minister Rakibul Hussain, member of Parliament Gaurav Gogoi joined the protest rally in front of the Reserve Bank of India shouting slogans to denounce the Modi government’s move, which they claimed has ruined and wrecked the economy and hit petty traders and the common man hard.
The protesters had reportedly barged into the area protected by barricades near RBI here which prompted the policemen to detain some leaders from proceeding with their protest.
On November 8, 2016, the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre announced the demonetisation of all Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
Describing ‘demonetisation’ as the arrogate decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said the rich and corrupt people got the benefit by converting black money into white under Modi’s own vigilance.
“Several cooperative banks of Gujarat linked to Amit Shah got more than Rs 7,000 crore within a few days. BJP’s coffer increased by more than three times. Demonetisation was a pre-planned conspiracy to help the rich and BJP,” Gogoi said.
“But at the end, young people lost out. More than 15 lakh jobs have been lost, 1 percent of GDP decreased, many small industries became defunct,” Gogoi also said.
He said Congress demanded how the decision was made and how the rich and corrupt had managed to covert black money into white under the Prime Minister eyes and how 99.3 percent money came back.
“BJP only serves the rich and wealthy. They have forgotten poor people. But, the country’s poor and middle class will teach BJP in 2019,” he also said.
Hundreds of leaders and workers of the party gathered in front of the RBI office at 11:30 am to register their protest. Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi was also present at the protest rally for some time.
While being taken away on a bus, Debabrata Saikia termed the demonetization move as a ‘well-planned loot’.
Terming the day as a black in the country, Saikia also said that the demonetization had adversely affected the common people while strengthening the financial position of the capitalists.