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As part of a nation-wide protest, Congress, AAP and Left parties today held separate rallies and demonstrations here against government's demonetisation move and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of pushing India into an "unprecedented financial turmoil".
While all Left parties, including CPI(M) and CPI took out a procession from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar as part of 'Jan Akrosh Diwas' the Congress carried out two marches to protest ban of high-value currencies which the party said piled up misery on common man.
The AAP held a public dialogue at Connaught Place where party leaders slammed the Prime Minister for "enacting a black law" and alleged that corruption has gone up since the old notes were declared defunct.
"We believe the Prime Minister has brought the country to a standstill. He has imposed 'deshbandi' (holding country hostage) with 'notebandi' (demonetisation).
"90 per cent of our people do cash transactions every day. Their lives have been hit quite hard. We are protesting against all this," CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said during the Left protest.
Attacking the Prime Minister over his absence from Parliament, where opposition MPs are demanding that he should speak on demonetisation, the Left parties called him "Narendra Maun (silent) Modi".
Addressing a press conference, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged Modi's "arrogance and obstinacy" has pushed the country 10 years back and that the demonetisation has failed to curb black money, corruption, circulation of counterfeit currency and terror financing.
Kejriwal claimed that black money and corruption have increased by 10 times ever since the ban of high-value currency and demanded that cases of cheating and fraud be lodged against those responsible in the Centre for the mess.
"Today, it has been 20 days of introducing demonetisation of high currency notes. It has completely failed to curb black money, funding to terrorism, fake notes and corruption. Demonetisation has flopped," he said while addressing a press conference.
"In comparison to October, corruption level and
generation of black money have increased by 10 times. US Dollar is legally available for Rs 70, but in black market, it is being bought at Rs 116 per USD. Gold is also being bought for Rs 30,000 per 10 gm, but through wrong channel, it is being bought for Rs 56,000," he alleged.
"Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes accounted for about 86 per cent of the currencies in circulation. Is he saying that 86 per cent of the money was black? Modi has denigrated the country and he must apologise," the Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said.
In the morning, Congress' students wing NSUI carried out a march near Parliament while in the evening, the Delhi unit of the party marched to Jantar Mantar from Mandi House area beating utensils as a symbolic move to wake up the government.