Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday alleged that the government’s hidden agenda at the back of demonetisation used to be to intentionally harm India’s casual sector, which survives on liquid cash.
In his latest video series on the Indian economy, Gandhi dubbed the 2016 demonetisation as an “attack on India’s naughty, farmers, workers and small shop owners”. He claimed that the hidden agenda of demonetisation, which saw the scrapping of all ₹500 and ₹1,000 currency paper money, used to be to “lucid the ground”.
“Our casual sector works on cash. Small shopkeepers and workers live to tell the tale on cash. The second one target of demonetisation used to be to take out money from the casual sector. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation that he wants a cashless India. Whether India goes cashless, small shopkeepers, farmers, and workers will be finished,” Gandhi said in his video series.
The short videos are the new communication tools for the former Congress president to succeed in out to a larger audience on social media. Earlier, he had spoken on the India-China border clash and the casual sector amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.
India’s casual, or unorganised, sector absorbs approximately 95% of the county’s workforce and is the key to an equitable growth.
Gandhi’s latest series comes in the wake of the Indian economy’s decline by a record 23.9% in the first quarter of April to June in the current financial year 2020-21.
The deceleration reflected the economic have an effect on of the 68-day Covid-19-induced lockdown restrictions in the first quarter.
Gandhi recounted the woes of millions of people, who suffered following demonetisation, and said that the exercise didn’t solve the black money problem. “What did the naughty Indians benefit? Nothing. So who all benefitted? Only the country’s billionaires,” Gandhi alleged.
“The government used your money to write off the loans of the billionaires,” he further alleged.
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party did not remark on the allegations when contacted.