Congress to hold AP State meet in Vijayawada on January 5

  • Digvijay Singh to address the leaders

Dara Gopi

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee would hold its extended general body meeting in the city on January 5. AICC general secretary and in-charge of AP affairs, Digvijay Singh, State coordinator Sriramamurthy and South India coordinator D K Siva Kumar, and a host of others are expected to address the party meeting.

APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy said that the meeting would focus on the demonetization and the failures of the BJP-led NDA government at the Center. He said that the Congress would continue to ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his intentions of bringing out black money, counterfeit notes and the amount held by the terrorists. He said that the Prime Minister had announced the demonetization promising to bring out the black money, preventing the flooding of country with fake currency and preempting the terrorists from hoarding Indian currency. He wanted to know how much of such money was taken out in the country in the last 50 days and demanded that the Prime Minister owed an explanation to the nation.

Raghuveera Reddy alleged that the demonetization was the major scam that the country had ever witnessed. He accused the Prime Minister of leaking the information of demonetization to the BJP leaders and those associated with the saffron wings across the country. Their big notes were first exchanged with the help of those in the government, he said.

The APCC president said that Modi having failed to stop counterfeit notes and unearth the black money, was not speaking about digitalization. He wanted to know why the Prime Minister had taken up demonetization when digitalization was the target. He blamed the Prime Minister for making 90 per cent of the people in the country suffer in the name of demonetization only to punish the one per cent of the black money hoarders. He regretted that 120 innocent people have lost their lives in the queues at the banks and ATMs during the last 50 days. He asked the Prime Minister to apologize to the families of the dead and also pay Rs 25 lakh compensation to each family.

Raghuveera Reddy said that the Congress would hold protests across the State on January 6 or 7 at the collectorates and take out rallies with empty plates on January 9 as a mark of protest against the demonetization scam of the BJP government.

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