Black Day: Congress leads opposition attack against demonetization, GST
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PORT BLAIR, NOV 10: As part of the ongoing agitation launched by opposition party against demonetization & GST and to observe Nov 8 as “Black Day”, a public meeting was conducted jointly by Andaman Nicobar Pradesh Congress Committee, DMK and CPI(M) at Tiranga Park, here on 8th Nov. People from all walks attended the meeting in large numbers.
Addressing the gatherings , Kuldeep Rai Sharma, President, Pradesh Congress party described the demonetization as a ”Himalayan blunder” of Mr Modi which has destroyed India’s reliable cash economy hitting out at honest poor, farmers, labours, artisans, small shopkeepers, businesses, fisherman vegetable vendors, road side vendors and the housewives. Entire countrymen, women, old and young were lined up before the ATMS and several people died while standing in queues while thousands suffered for not able to meet the expenses for treatment, marriages, education etc. on account of cashlessness. He said that the NDA Government has miserably failed in fulfilling its electoral promises of 2014 on all fronts such as bringing back the black money of Indians stacked in the foreign banks, employment generation, checking price rise, cross border terrorism etc. Kuldeep said that on 8/11/2016, Modi in a rush to mark his presence overnight, swept off 86% of country’s high denomination currency keeping aside all the economic expertise around him.
Barely a year after Demonetization when the economy was still to recover from slowdown , the forceful installation of deceptive Goods and Service Taxes (GST) on common masses, has further broken backbone of the country and its people. The people of these Islands are worst hit by the GST, as being an UT and centrally administered by government of India , there was either no tax or very meager tax for the islanders for various obvious reasons But now we have to pay two kinds of taxes CGST and UTGST which has made living unaffordable.
Shanta Singh, Noor Islam Shri Tamil Selvam, senior leaders of Pradesh Congress committee in their address elaborated the sufferings being faced by people from all walks of life.
Laxman Rao, K.G. Das, Banerji and other senior leaders of CPI (M) said that demonetization move has not only caused price rise, joblessness for the working class particularly in the unorganized sector but also slowed down the country’s economy. The leaders described that demonetization was a politically motivated publicity stunt launched by the Modi Government. The cross border terrorism is on the rise and immediately after the introduction of new currency, fake currency came into the market.
A.R. Marudhavanan, State Chief Organizer, DMK party and other senior leaders including Senthil, Kulanthai, Kannan also addressed the gathering.