Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with NCP MP Supriya Sule in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Nanded, Maharashtra on November 10, 2022.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with NCP MP Supriya Sule in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Nanded, Maharashtra on November 10, 2022.

Demonetisation, GST shattered Indian economy: Rahul Gandhi

Nanded (Maharashtra), November 11, 2022

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, saying his demonetisation and hasty implementation of GST destroyed the economy and led to massive joblessness in the country.

Addressing a huge rally during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) in Maharashtra's Nanded on Thursday, Gandhi criticised Modi for the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes six years ago and implementation of GST with five tax slabs which, he alleged, broke the back of the Indian economy and finished off unemployment opportunities.

"For the first time in India's history, farmers are being taxed, GST is being levied on fertilisers and every other item of daily consumption which is compounding the problems for the masses," Gandhi said.

Accusing the BJP government of only helping "2-3 big industrialists to corner almost all the money", Gandhi pointed out how there's no money for education, farmers' loan waiver, no jobs under MNREGA and total ruination of the MSME sector.

Attacking Modi for the false claims that demonetisation would eliminate black money, Gandhi said: "Modi had said that if demonetisation did not work then hang me, he shed crocodile tears and floated theories. Tell me, has the country been rid of black money after all these years?"

Present at the first rally in Maharashtra on the 64th day of the 3,570 km Kanyakumari-Kashmir BJY were Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, senior Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh, Jairam Ramesh, state Congress President Nana Patole and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

The Maha Vikas Aghadi ally Nationalist Congress Party state president Jayant Patil, Jitendra Awhad and MP Supriya Sule were also present, besides several Indian overseas Congress leaders from the US, Europe and other countries.

On Friday, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aditya Thackeray and others will join the BJY, which will cover the journey from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in about 150 days.

The yatra on foot, which began on September 7, has crossed the half-way mark and has covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and is currently passing through Maharashtra.

Over the next fortnight, BJY will cover six Lok Sabha constituencies in five districts of Nanded, Hingoli, Washim, Akola and Buldhana before making its way to Madhya Pradesh.


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