Three Years of Demonetisation: Priyanka Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee Criticise Centre

While the Congress leader called the policy a "disaster", the West Bengal CM said it was a "futile exercise".

New Delhi: On the third anniversary of demonetisation on Friday, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Narendra Modi government, calling the policy a “disaster” and a “futile exercise” respectively.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said that while the Centre had claimed demonetisation would be the “slayer of all evils”, it proved to be a “disaster” that has all but destroyed the economy.

“Anyone want (sic) to claim responsibility?” the Congress general secretary said, using the hashtag ‘DeMonetisation Disaster’.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also criticised the move, calling it a “futile exercise” which had a negative impact on the country’s economy.

Banerjee claimed that she knew from the very beginning that the decision would “ruin millions of lives”.

Economic disaster started on that day and look where it has reached now. Banks stressed, economy in a complete slump. All affected. From farmers to the young generation to workers to traders, housewives… everyone is affected 2/2

Banerjee, during her campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, earlier this year, had promised to conduct an investigation into the demonetisation drive. On the first anniversary of note ban, she had turned her Twitter display picture black in protest.

On several occasions, the Trinamool Congress supremo alleged that the Modi government’s move was a “big scam” which benefited only a handful of people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a televised address on November 8, 2016, had announced to the nation that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes – 86% of all currency notes in circulation in value – would cease to be legal tender. Modi had said the decision was taken to crackdown on black money, terror funding and corruption.

(With PTI inputs)