Dharamshala: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi blamed the Narendra Modi led Union Government for breaking the backbone of Himachal Pradesh’s economy by demonetisation.

Gandhi, while addressing a public rally at Dharamshala, blamed Prime Minister for hurting the economy of the state. He claimed the demonetisation has badly impacted horticulture, agriculture and tourism in the state.

Rahul Gandhi stated that millions have been queuing outside banks and ATMs since then to exchange their old high value banknotes and event after 55 days past the demonetisation the situation hasn’t improved much.

He termed demonetisation drive as anti-poor, anti-farmer and anti-middle class policy. “Modi has destroyed MGNREGA, broken spinal cord of the daily wagers,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi claimed that demonetisation was aimed at benefitting 50 big companies/families so as to assist them in getting their loan waived off which they had borrowed from the public sector banks and didn’t repay.

He said the sudden surgical strike to curb black money in name of demonetization and cashless economy was aimed to snatch the white money out of the pocket of 99 percent honest people of the country and get the same deposited in the banks for the longer period of time so that the loan amount of 50 families, which comprise one percent of the total population, could be compensated.

“I fail to understand why Shri Narendra Modiis not revealing the list of all those who are having Swiss Bank accounts”, said Rahul Gandhi. He sought reply from the Prime Minster in this regard and said being accountable to the people, he should reveal the move behind demonetization.

Rahul Gandhi said that one percent of the people were having Black money and that too not all in cash. He said that 6 percent black money was in cash, 94 % invested in real estate, Gold and foreign bank accounts. Narendra Modi didn’t target 94 percent those who had black money invested in Gold, real estate, but targeted just six percent who had black money, said Shri Rahul Gandhi.

Gandhi also congratulated the state government for completing four successful years in office.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while addressing party workers, said that he had been serving the Congress party from last 54 years and had dedicated himself for the service of the people of the State.

The rally today was a report card of the development and progress made by the State during the past four years, he said adding that it was the Congress party in the country and well as in State which ensured socio-economic development of the people. He credited the development of the State to successive congress governments.

He said that demonetization of currency notes, had effected the economic progress and led to inconvenience to people of the country. He termed the decision of demonetization of currency as unthoughtful.

He also attacked at the BJP for playing divisive policies and dividing the people on basis of region, religion and casteism and said that such people were threat to the unity of the Nation and we should identify them.
The Chief Minister termed the claims of BJP of forming government in Himachal as a distant dream.

The rally was organized on the completion of four year government in the state and to ensure a mega event most of the Congress leaders of the state along with thousands of party workers attended the rally.