Demonetisation anniversary: Rahul Gandhi to chair Congress meet today to outline strategy for 8 November protest

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will chair a high-level party meet on Monday in order to chalk out the strategy for a nationwide protest on 8 November, the first anniversary of demonetisation, said a media report.

According to an India Today report, at the meeting, Rahul, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretaries and state in-charges will discuss the agenda to corner Narendra Modi government over its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

"We will protest from block level to national level on all platforms - streets to social media- on the first anniversary of DeMo on November 8. The central theme will be MMD and other opposition parties are also planning their protests across this central idea," a senior Congress leader said was quoted as saying by India Today.

The Congress has expanded MMD as 'Modi Made Disaster'.

On Thursday, Rahul while attacking the government over the state of the economy on Twitter, said, "Dr Jaitley, the economy is in the ICU because of note ban and GST".

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, the Congress leader had said, "It was a move, taken without thought, consultation or concern of the consequences."

Asserting that the prime minister failed to acknowledge the result of the decision, Rahul said: "All cash is not black and all black is not cash. Without understanding this basic concept, the government unleashed terror over the citizens of India. Millions lost their jobs and livelihood. To do that, you need someone with a very big chest but a small heart."

Demonetisation anniversary: Rahul Gandhi to chair Congress meet today to outline strategy for 8 November protest

File image of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Reuters

The Congress' Uttar Pradesh unit on Tuesday had said that it would mark 8 November by observing a 'Black Day' in the state, and hold processions to highlight its "ill-effects".

"We will observe 8 November as a 'black day for the economy' throughout the state, and take out a candlelight march at 8 pm. During the day, meetings, processions and nukkad sabhas will also be held.

"On this day, we will pay tributes to martyrs (balidaaniyo) of demonetisation," Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief Raj Babbar told reporters in Lucknow on Tuesday.

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief (RJD) Lalu Prasad Yadav had also on Monday said that his party would hold rallies across Bihar on 8 November, to highlight the alleged failures of the step taken by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

"At our 8 November rallies we will ask the BJP what the common people gained by the arbitrary step of invalidating Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes," he told reporters on Monday.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Oct 30, 2017 10:20:01 IST

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