Massive protests by Cong across TS
- Modi’s effigies burnt in all district headquarters
Hyderabad: Thousands of Congress workers took to the streets across Telangana State on Monday in protest against demonetization of high value currency notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy led the protest in Hyderabad. Accompanied by hundreds of party workers and senior leaders, Uttam Kumar Reddy began the protest march after paying floral tributes to first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary at his statue at Abids. However, the protest march was foiled by police, who took him and other leaders into custody and shifted them to Gandhi Nagar police station. The Congress leaders continued the protest in the police station also. Congress workers raised slogans like “Modi Hatao – Desh Bachao” (Remove Modi and Save the Country) and also burnt his effigy.
Speaking to media persons later, Uttam Kumar Reddy accused the Prime Minister of enforcing ‘Financial Emergency’ in the country by implementing an unplanned decision. He said the demonetization of high-value notes has brought misery to common people, especially poor, middle-class, housewives and farmers. He said several crores of people across the nation had been suffering since November 8 midnight and Modi’s decision had pushed the country into chaotic situation. “Congress is not against removal of black money, but the way they are implementing shows lack of foresight and planning,” he said, adding that the Congress was only protesting against the problems being faced by the people.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said the condition resembles that of a ‘Financial Emergency’ where common people are forced to stand in long queues of many kilometres at all banks and ATMs to withdraw their own hard-earned money. He said several marriages were cancelled and shortage of cash had even led to deaths of many innocent people. He said it was ridiculous on the part of the Prime Minister to seek 50 days time to set things in order.
“Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes were cancelled without putting in place the required infrastructure for their exchange with new notes. Instead of exchanging the old notes with new notes of same or lower denominations, Rs 2,000 notes were introduced and common people are unable to utilise them for want of change. All citizens, especially the poor, have been pushed to starvation. The present situation clearly reflects very poor planning,” he said.
When asked about the proposed introduction of mobile ATMs to meet the crisis, Uttam Kumar said lakhs of existing ATMs were not functioning properly across the country. This was admitted by the Finance Minister himself. In such a scenario, he said, mobile ATMs were a distant dream. He demanded that the Centre take immediate measures to end the misery caused to common people in the name of demonetization.
Similar protests were held in all district headquarters of Telangana where Congress workers burnt Modi’s effigies.