NEW DELHI: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi termed demonetisation an “out and out catastrophe” and GST a torpedo that ruined the overall economy, gearing up the celebration to launch “desh bhugat raha hai” campaign on ‘notebandi’s’ anniversary on November 8.
Attacking the ruling BJP for its decision to rejoice demonetisation, Rahul said, “The decision of demonetisation was an out-and-out catastrophe. The PM is but not capable to have an understanding of the agony of the country. I will not know what they are heading to rejoice. November 8 is a unhappy day for us.”
Rahul accused Modi of providing back to back shocks to the region. “Demonetisation was the initial torpedo which the region survived, but the 2nd torpedo of GST ruined it,” he additional.
The powerful terms came right after Congress vice-president in a conference of AICC typical secretaries decided to launch a nationwide campaign on the twin challenges that the opposition blames for occupation losses and financial slowdown. The brainstorming which lasted above three hours included previous Primary Minister Manmohan Singh, previous finance minister P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and finance ministers of Congress-dominated states.
In what is established to flip the clash involving opposition and Primary Minister Modi much more private, sources said Rahul gave the topic of the future agitation by arguing that “Modi ne galti ki, lekin desh ke log bhugat rahe hain (Modi fully commited the mistake, but popular man is struggling)”. He also touched on his knowledge of people’s criticism against GST in poll-bound Gujarat.
During the conference, previous PM Manmohan Singh reiterated his high-octane attack on demonetisation he manufactured in Parliament, this time, extending it to GST.
“Though demonetisation was organised loot and legalised plunder, GST has ended up taking absent livelihoods of regular individuals other than shutting down enterprises,” AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala quoted Singh as indicating. Singh additional GST has a “faulty design” and its “complication of compliances” has killed work opportunities and enterprises.
On November 8, spokesman R P N Singh said Congress will hold community meetings throughout states through the day and at 8pm, when Modi introduced notebandi a 12 months back, the celebration will hold candlelight marches at the district headquarters.
The direct opposition celebration will also hold conventions in states to “sensitise” individuals that GST was a “fantastic idea ruined”. The celebration will list a charter of needs on “GST’s flaws” — tax prices, compliance and exemptions for small enterprises — which its condition finance ministers will jointly seek out at the GST Council. Arguing that “struggling inadequate” had seen by demonetisation, Punjab’s finance minister Manpreet Badal qualified Modi by indicating, “No matter how glib you speak, you cannot make a hungry man consider that his stomach is whole.”
Rahul has questioned partymen to target on how notebandi had strike the inadequate by taking absent their work opportunities even though the Centre had marketed it as a “panacea” for their woes.