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Demonetisation helped thieves convert black money to white: Rahul Gandhi

He alleged that the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were busy dividing society

Press Trust of India  |  Nanded 

Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi. PTI Photo

vice president on Friday alleged that the and Prime Minister Modi were busy dividing society in their quest to retain power.

Only the ideology could take on the and the RSS, he said at a party rally.

Gandhi also took potshots at the Modi-led on and described the exercise as a total flop.

"Entire knows that it turned the of India's 'thieves' to white," the leader said.

"First they said would result in checking terror. Then they said would check The reality is that everyone in knows that 90 per cent of is in real estate, gold," he said.

"We don't know the reason why Modi was after the of farmers, poor labourers and housewives," he said.

Gandhi also took a dig at RBI, saying it took almost a year to announce that 99 per cent of the scrapped currency had been returned to the coffers.

"We had asked in about the amount of unearthed in the exercise. It took RBI a year to say that 99 per cent of old money came back in the coffers," the leader said.

He blamed the for GDP reaching "a low of 4.5 per cent".

"Who will own responsibility for this? The prime minister is responsible for this," Gandhi said.

According to Gandhi, anger was building up with the and Modi engaged in dividing society.

"In Haryana they pit Jat vs non Jat and in Maharashtra they create a Maratha vs non Maratha divide. Their only goal is that and should be in power," Gandhi alleged.

"They speak of fight against corruption but they 'purchase' people (legislators) in Goa and Manipur and also try to purchase people in Gujarat."

Only the ideology, he added, could take on the and

"They (and RSS) will fight one or two elections. After that it will be the which will be in power."

The leader also criticised the prime minister over his promises of providing jobs to youth.

"Modi had said he would give jobs to two crore youth every year after becoming the prime minister. Two years ago, we were told that just one lakh youth had got jobs and last last year the figure was zero," Gandhi claimed.

"Their minister informed that the unemployment figure is at the lowest... In the last several years," he said.

Commenting on GST, Gandhi said the was claiming credit but it was the which initiated it.

"There should have been one slab, as against five now. Also, GST should have been capped at 18 per cent, against 28 per cent now in the highest slab," he added.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 15:33 IST