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Centre a 'government of robbers', note ban 'black law': Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday described the BJP-led at the Centre as a "of robbers" and said that on November 8 last year, Prime Minister Modi brought a "black law" which hit hard crores of people across the country.

"On November 8, the Prime Minister came on national television to announce demonetisation. It has never happened across the globe where due to an announcement of the PM crores of people lose their livelihood and youths were left unemployed," leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said while addressing a protest against demonetisation in Connaught Place here.

The had announced to observe November 8 as a "black day".

"Thousands of small and medium scale industries closed due to the sudden announcement of scrapping the high-denomination notes," the leader said.

He also said that the announcement of demonetisation was a "black law" for the country and that being the reason, the was observing its first anniversary as black day.

Dubbing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a party of robbers, Azad said: "This made the people, women, youth and senior citizens stand in banks or ATMs queues to exchange their money."

"Many of the infants died in their mothers' lap who stood in bank or ATM queues for hours. Many people lost their life while standing in bank queues. Many farmers committed suicide. Many people lost their jobs as thousands of small and medium scale industries closed," he said, adding: "This is a of robbers."

"They looted everyone.

They also looted what was with the women, which they had saved for years," Azad claimed.

The leaders also slammed the for celebrating November 8 as "anti-day".

"What are they celebrating? Are they celebrating the deaths which happened due to demonetisation? Are they celebrating the unemployment of crores of youths across the country? Are they celebrating the sufferings of the people due to demonetisation?

"Are they celebrating the farmer suicides? Are they celebrating the unemployment of labourers who got jobless due to the shutting down of thousands of small and medium scale industries across the country?" he said.

Azad was addressing a huge demonstration in central Delhi. Hundreds of leaders had gathered in the Connaught Place area and also formed a human chain to protest against the scrapping of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

The workers dressed in black shirts and pants and led by the party's Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken raised slogans against the The demonstration was also attended by senior leader P. C. Chacko and rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav.

The workers carried placards with slogans like "Notebandi ne kiya prahar, thapp ho gaya karobar (demonetisation hit hard forcing businesses to close)", "Notebandi ne kiya vivash, 8 November kala diwas (Demonetisation forced us to observe November 8 as Black Day).

In a surprise move, Modi had on November 8, 2016 announced to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to curb "and corruption".

Azad also said that people should not expect anything from the

"Don't expect anything from this government, as this party has always been with industrialists," he said.

Azad also slammed Bihar for switching to the

"Nitish Kumar was lured by the He changed sides and formed a with the by breaking the Grand Alliance that was formed two years ago," Azad said.

"We have not seen a foolish person like Nitish Kumar who split his own party and hit his own feet with an axe," he said.

Azad also accused the of breaking away leaders of opposition parties by threatening them and luring them.

Lauding rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav for standing by his principles, Azad said: "He is such a kind of leader who never fears and believes in speaking the truth. Although Nitish Kumar broke away from the Grand Alliance, Sharadji remained firm on his principles," he added.



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First Published: Wed, November 08 2017. 21:04 IST