It so happened that the Congress Party did not stay calm after the demonetization and they revolted against it. Accusing Narendra Modi for the death of over 70 people due to the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the Congress President of Mumbai, Sanjay Nirupam said on Tuesday that the Prime Minister “should be booked for murder”.
He alleged millions of citizens were on the streets these days and they had no cash to buy food, medicines or other items of daily supplies after the demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
Nirupam said, “These people have been standing in long queues for so many days, waiting to deposit and withdraw their own money which is now stuck in the banks. So far, more than 70 persons have died.”
This statement was made when Nirupam was working together with the media all through at a widely attended ‘Note Pe Charcha’ commenced by the party on Tuesday to determine the public opinion on post-demonetization in Mumbai.
He added, “One and only person is responsible for all these deaths — Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I demand he should be held responsible and booked under Section 302 (of IPC) for murder.”
A lot of people, together with some standing in the ATM queues, tinted their difficulties and anguish without money.
Some protested how the new Rs 2,000 notes had but couldn’t find change for them.
Nirupam also said that as of now, around Rs 5 lakh crore had been deposited in banks but people had been able to withdraw barely 25 percent of that amount, creating a panic situation.
Nirupam added, “The government should have made adequate preparations before the sudden demonetization. Now that millions suffer, the RBI should immediately supply more currency for the public. The people have been put to great hardships due to sudden demonetization.”
Besides, business and commerce were on the edge of collapse as citizens have no money to buy basic necessities. Hotels, restaurants, shops and malls, cinemas or multiplexes and all other sectors of the market have reported huge drops of more than 70-80 percent in business, he said.
Nirupam told ANI, “For the past two weeks, the entire nation, especially Mumbai, local people are suffering a lot, after demonetization. The people are facing a lot of trouble and to support them, from today the Mumbai Congress has started the discussion on demonetisation. And through this medium, I would like to appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that this demonetization scheme was launched hastily without thinking about the pros and cons on the public.”
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