CHANDIGARH: The Congress on Friday announced its anti-demonetisation campaign in Punjab, as part of its nationwide drive on the issue, with AICC general secretary in-charge of the State demanding an unconditional apology from Modi and compensation to the families affected by demonetisation.
Asha Kumari said here on Friday that the prime minister had wanted 50 days post-demonetisation for the situation to stablise but far from stabilising, things were going from bad to worse.
With the 50-day period over, the Congress, she said, has decided to take to the streets against demonetisation as part of a nationwide campaign steered by a special committee under the leadership of MP and senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel. Other members of the AICC-constituted committee included senior party leaders Randeep Surjewala and Oscar Fernandes.
The Congress, she said, would go to the block level over the issue of demonetisation and press conferences would be organised at the district level in the entire country on January 2.
To a question whether the Congress would get the benefit of demonetisation, Asha Kumari said the question was not of benefit to anyone but the sufferings of the people, which the party would not tolerate at any cost.
Pointing out that even the RBI had been compromised in the demonetisation exercise, Asha Kumari said that though the currency in circulation was `15.2 lakh crore, the banks had so far received about `17 lakh crore in old notes, indicating that fake currency had also been accepted.
Asha Kumari said by wiping 86 per cent of the currency out of the market, Modi had hit 99 percent of the honest and hardworking people while claiming to target 1 per cent of the black money hoarders and had brought development to a standstill while plunging the nation into a state of financial anarchy.