New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati on Friday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “painful and forced” demonetization he ordered two years back. The party has issued a statement in this regard.

In the statement, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said that so far none of the benefits propagated by Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in justification of the note ban had come true.

“Facts and data prove that the nation and its people have suffered the hasty decision of demonetization and that like its other poll promises this too was a bundle of lie,” Mayawati said.

She charged the Prime Minister and the BJP with breaking the spine of the honest and hardworking people and creating joblessness while helping their favourites in turning black money into white.

The BJP acquired massive property in the run-up to the demonetization, Mayawati said.

Meanwhile, Congress workers also staged a dharna at Civil Lines in Rajasthan Capital on Friday to protest the implementation of demonetisation on its second anniversary. Last year, too, the Congress and other opposition parties protested at various places across India against the central government’s drive.

On November 8, 2016, the Centre had declared Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as non-legal and introduced new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.

Since then, various opposition leaders have highly criticised the Centre’s move, while the members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies have backed the decision.

(With agency inputs)