Demonetisation anniversary: 10 questions that BJP wants Congress to answer
As the Opposition orchestrated an attack against the Modi government on the second anniversary of demonetisation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday has hit back with a questionnaire for the Congress party.
Earlier during the day, Congress launched a Twitter campaign against the BJP government with hashtag'#DestructionByDemonetisation'. They have also planned nationwide protests and marches demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resignation for "ruining" the Indian economy with the "unpardonable blunder" of the demonetisation drive.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also launched a stinging attack against the BJP government calling demonetisation 'an ill-fated and ill-thought' move that led to the downfall of the Indian economy which is yet to recover from.
However, BJP without wasting any time launched a campaign against Congress with the hashtag #CorruptCongressFearDemo.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley posted a lengthy blog post detailing the benefits of demonetisation and how the criticism it has faced is "ill-informed". Jaitley wrote, "Demonetisation is a key step in a chain of important decisions taken by the Government to formalise the economy."
The BJP spokesperson and IT cell head Amit Malviya in a series of tweets with #CorruptCongressFearDemo listed the "rewards" of demonetisation.
Now, the BJP has challenged the Congress party with these ten questions.
1. Why does Congress find merit in protesting against every anti-corruption measure of the Government of India? What do they fear?
2. Why is it that wherever black money is there, the Congress is not far behind?
3. What sort of politics and anti-development mindset is this of the Congress that opposes a bold move that has widened the tax base?
4. How is a former Finance Minister, himself under the radar of investigating agencies for massive corruption involving land, cash and foreign bank accounts, speaking on policy matters? With what face?
5. Anand Sharma, a Congress leader, had personally opposed demonetisation on the floor of Parliament. In the last 2 years, India has seen an increase of more than 2 crore tax returns. Is this why you were opposed to demonetisation?
6. Informal economy meant exploitation of the poor and the marginalized, many of whom came from the lower middle class. Demonetization has lead to the formalisation of the economy, which has empowered them. Why is Congress opposing that?
7. Is the Congress party living in a state of denial that it cannot see the surge in GDP numbers, the Ease of Doing Business Rankings' and Global Competitiveness Index? Why are they unhappy that India's economic prowess is being recognized world over?
8. Why is it that whenever India's standing in the world increases the Congress takes to defaming India and creating an atmosphere of gloom to mislead the people?
9. Congress now remembers small business but did the UPA think of this sector even once? Except for tax terror, raid raj and arbitrary policies, what did Congress do for small businesses?
10. Can the Congress name even one stringent measure they took during the UPA regime, which was aimed at eliminating corruption and black money?
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