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Note ban: Lalu criticises Centre, Nitish congratulates it

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

today congratulated the Centre saying was a tool to fight black money, while RJD chief attacked the alleging the exercise helped people convert into white with greater ease.

Trading of charges by rival political leaders thus marked the first anniversary of in

Although his (United) did not actively participate in any programme organised on the day, Nitish Kumar took to to congratulate the Centre.

"was an effective action against black money. Attack has now begun on benami properties. Congratulations to the Centre," he tweeted.

His deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, speaking at an 'anti-black money day' programme organised by the BJP, took potshots at the RJD and the saying "those who were fond of black money were observing 'kala diwas' (black day)".

The observed the first anniversary of demonetisation as "Anti-Day" across the country, while the Congress-led opposition marked the day as "Black Day".

state unit chief Nityanand Rai claimed that note ban led to "a significant decline in Naxal activities and terrorism in Kashmir".

In Gaya district, Union Minister Giriraj Singh took part in a party programme and attacked the RJD for organising protest over GST and hit out at its leader who he said has made himself known as "embodiment of corruption".

The RJD supremo, who held a rally in Hajipur on the occasion, accused the Narendra of "fooling the people by claiming that note ban will inconvenience the rich and benefit the poor".

Prasad, whose party staged demonstrations across the state, had earlier said in Patna that demonetisation had helped "convert into white with greater ease".

The Congress, which is the RJD's ally in Bihar, held anti-note ban programmes separately.

In the morning, a demonstration was staged near the collectorate and a candle light march was taken out in the evening in memory of those who lost their lives due to hardships faced in the wake of demonetisation.

Another NDA ally, the Lok Janshakti Party, held a symposium on demonetisation where the party's state unit chief and state minister Pashupati Nath Paras said, "The people of the country are firmly behind the decision which was taken against corruption and black money.

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First Published: Wed, November 08 2017. 22:28 IST