Bhubaneswar: All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad today came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetization of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes.
Addressing a press meet at Congress Bhawan here, he said the Prime Minister is squarely responsible for ruining the livelihood of 5 crore people due to demonetisation. He also referred to the death of 80 people while standing in queues before banks to exchange old currencies and held the Prime Minister responsible for their death.
Alleging that the BJP prior to the announcement on demonetisation had bought lands in various places across the country, Ahmad demanded a probe by the joint parliamentary committee into the matter.
“The corruption on the part of Modi himself by leaking the information to his own supporters and party members is being termed as a scam worth Rs 8 lakh crore. Earlier, RBI was considered to be an autonomous body but, now it seems that the Central government is exercising control over it,” he pointed out.
Reacting to the statement of the AICC spokesperson, Odisha BJP president Basant Panda said “The step taken by PM Modi is a bold one and is welcome. Since the citizens of India have welcomed the decision, the protests by the Opposition will not yield any results.”