The Congress party held a statewide protest against demonetisation on Monday and accused the Narendra Modi government of crumbling the economy for benefiting few top businessmen through this decision.
In Lucknow, hundreds of Congress workers protested outside Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) office and raised slogans against the Modi govt claiming that demonetisation has been responsible for the economic slowdown and growing unemployment in the country.
Speaking to India Today, Congress MLC Deepak Singh said, “We have a simple demand that Narendra Modi govt should present before the nation the figure of black money recovered due to the note ban. If it’s not presented, then the PM himself should apologise to the nation. It’s due to demonetisation that lakhs of people across the country have become jobless. Many also lost their lives.”
Whereas MLA Ajay Kumar said, “The demonetisation was done so that few top businessmen could convert their black money into white. Central govt promised that demonetisation will bring transparency in the system, but only corruption increased. People have only suffered in the last two years due to this decision.”
Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi condoles loss of lives in New Farakka Express derailment near Rae Bareli”,”NEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday condoled the loss of lives in the derailment of the New Farakka Express near Rae Bareli, and urged the government to take immediate relief measures.
Five coaches and the engine of the New Delhi-bound New Farakka derailed near Rae Bareli early on Wednesday, killing at least five people and seriously injuring nine.
I am very worried and sad over the derailment of New Farakka Express. Those families that have lost their loved ones, my condolences and prayers are with them. I hope the government will put all its strength in the relief and rescue work, and all medical facilities will be provided to the people without any hassle,” Rahul Gandhi said..
LUCKNOW: Comparing the police lathicharge on protesting farmers in Delhi with the British attack on freedom fighters in pre-Independence India, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar said on Tuesday that BJP’s governments at the Centre and state had shown disrespect to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.
This is height of hypocrisy. On one hand, PM Modi writes a blog on Mahatma Gandhi and says that latter’s clarion calls of peace and ahimsa have the power to unite humanity, on the other, his government uses force to disperse farmers who wanted to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation,” Babbar told TOI.
Babbar said a farmers’ delegation had met the Modi government in the first week of September while they started marching towards New Delhi only after September 22. “The NDA government failed to keep its promise to the farmers and compelled them to lodge their protest,” he said.
Meanwhile, Congress workers observed Gandhi Jayanti as Ahimsa Divas on Tueday.
In Lucknow, senior leaders, including Babbar, Pramod Tewari and Naseemuddin Siddiqui walked from Jhandewala Park to Hazratganj singing Ram dhun.
The grand old party will launch Project Shakti – a massive party workers outreach programme in UP soon.
A web and mobile interface based digital tool, Project Shakti will work as a direct bridge between party workers on one side and party chief Rahul Gandhi and AICC members on the other. It has been successful in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana where the party added 11 lakh workers to its fold….
Congress had announced that the party will call for Bharat Bandh on September 10 over fuel price hike. Speaking on the issue, president of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Raj Babbar said, “On September 10, Congress party has called for Bharat Bandh and we want everyone’s support. Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee had its first meeting and we discussed on how to make it successful. The decision has been taken with mutual agreements. It is not an issue related with the Congress party but issue is related to every citizen”…