Government arrogant, failed to apologise for demonetisation deaths: Congress

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday accused the government of arrogance and said it had failed to apologise for the deaths of people following the November 8 demonetisation of high denomination currency notes.

“The government is so arrogant that it is not ready to acknowledge and express regrets over the deaths of persons in the wake of demonetisation. For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his position has become important,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

He said the government had not even acknowledged the “deaths of nearly 70 persons due to demonetisation”.

“Even though 70 people have died due to the decision, Modi is not ready to address Parliament.”

He wondered why Modi did not hold consultations before deciding on demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Surjewala said: “Even a fortnight after the demonetisation, there is no money in the banks in rural and urban areas in the country. There is no money in the automated teller machines. The government has issued 23 guidelines in the past 13 days.”

“The farmers, businessmen, traders, small businessmen, labourers and daily wage earners have been hit badly because of demonetisation,” the Congress leader added.

He said the entire opposition is united against the demonetisation decision and will participate in the Aakrosh Diwas protest on November 28.

“All opposition parties are together in Parliament. Everyone has unitedly decided to organise the people’s movement — Aakrosh Diwas — on November 28. The entire opposition is united on this movement,” Surjewala said.

“Congress leaders and workers will take out rallies to protest so as to expose the anti-people government,” he added.