Demonetisation not a good initiative, should have been thrown in the dustbin, says Rahul Gandhi

Singapore: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that demonetisation was "not a good" initiative and if he were the prime minister he would have thrown the proposal in the "dustbin".

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

File image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. PTI

Gandhi is on a five-day trip to the Southeast Asian countries. He began the Malaysia leg of his visit on Saturday and interacted with an "enthusiastic gathering" of Indian diaspora in Kuala Lumpur.

Asked how he would have rolled out demonetisation differently, Gandhi said "if I was the prime minister and somebody would have given me a file with demonetisation written on it, I would thrown it in the dustbin, out of the door and into the junkyard."

"That is how I would have rolled it out, because that is what I think should have been done with the demonetisation which was not good at all," he said in a video shared by the Congress party on its Twitter handle.

The demonetisation initiative was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 November, 2016, announcing the invalidation of high-value currency notes currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.

Congress party has strongly criticised demonetisation, saying the move has led to economic slowdown.

Earlier at the University of California, Berkeley Gandhi had said that Modi had caused "tremendous damage" to India's economy with his "reckless and dangerous" decisions like demonetisation and "hastily-applied" GST.

Responding to a question on women empowerment, Gandhi also said equality was not "good enough" for women empowerment and asserted that women have to be given more support than men to end the bias against them.

"I don't treat women equal to men, but better than men. I think there is a bias in all societies, including in western society and that bias needs to be corrected. And to correct that bias, equality is not good enough, you have to be partial to women and give them more support than you give men," he said.

Gandhi also addressed a gathering of young professionals at IYCON in Kuala Lumpur.

"Met Subramaniam Sathasivam, president of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) in Kuala Lumpur. Originally a part of the AICC until 1946, the MIC has played a major role in the Malaysian Independence Movement," he wrote on his facebook page.

Gandhi's trip is part of the Congress party's efforts to connect with the diaspora.

He called on Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday and discussed a wide range of topics related to India-Singapore ties.

The trip is being organised by the AICC Overseas cell headed by technocrat Sam Pitroda, who helped former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi lead the IT revolution in India.

Pitroda had earlier successfully organised Rahul Gandhi's visits to the US and West Asia.

Later in the year, the Congress president is also expected to travel to Dubai and Canada.


Updated Date: Mar 10, 2018 19:15 PM

Also Watch

Watch: The true stories from Dharavi that inspired Rajinikanth's Kaala
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 Watch: Cyrus Khan talks about Parkour, jumping across walls and why he hates sitting
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Unwind: India's basketball sensation Amjyot Singh has his eyes set on becoming an NBA regular
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 First Day First Showsha — Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story in 10 questions
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See