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Live | Demonetisation anniversary: BJP-Opposition face off over note ban

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Turning up the heat on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government hit corruption and black money hard, making the Opposition party angry.

The BJP and the Congress-led Opposition will face off over demonetisation on Wednesday when the ruling party observes ‘anti-black money day’ and the latter a ’black day’ to mark the first anniversary of the announcement of the exercise by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

BJP leaders, including many Union Ministers, will fan out across the country to highlight the “benefits” of demonetisation on the first anniversary of the exercise.

Calling the measure “anti-people”, the Congress and several opposition parties will hold protests against note ban in several parts of the country.

Unfazed by the Opposition criticism, the BJP has claimed demonetisation led to a cleaner economy.

Rahul to lead Surat stir
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party’s protest against demonetisation in poll bound Gujarat on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the note ban.

Mr. Gandhi has chosen Surat where he would interact with traders, weavers and workers affected by the note ban and the GST. In the evening, he will take part in a “candle light vigil to pay homage to those who lost their lives because of demonetisation.” Read more

BJP leaders to highlight “benefits”
Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ananth Kumar, Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Suresh Prabhu and Smriti Irani will speak to the media in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Lucknow respectively on Wednesday.

Prakash Javadekar will address a press conference in Bengaluru and Piyush Goyal in Ahmedabad. Union Minister Jayant Sinha has also been drafted for the exercise, sources said.

BJP chief Amit Shah will be in Gujarat.

A black day: Manmohan
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday described November 8, the day demonetisation was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, as a “black day for economy and democracy” and said the twin blows of demonetisation and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) were disastrous for the economy and “broke the back of businesses. Read more”



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