New Delhi: Mounting a fresh attack on the Narendra Modi government, former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress chief Ashok Chavan on Monday said that people will break the dahi handi of sins of this government in upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The opposition Congress tapped the popular festival of ‘Dahi Handi’ in Maharashtra to protest against the alleged ‘sins’ of the BJP-led governments in the state and at the Centre. (ALSO READ: ‘Kamdar’ Modi Destroyed India’s Economy: Kapil Sibal)
The Congress leader broke a ‘dahi handi’ (an earthen pot), symbolising the alleged ‘sins’ of the two governments while leading the protest at Karad here in the state. Party leaders and activists carried banners, having a message that the handi of government’s “sins” has got filled to the brim.
The leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and ex-state ministers Balasaheb Throat and Harshvardhan Patil also took part in the demonstration and shouted slogans against the two governments. (ALSO READ: Congress Left India’s Economy on a Land Mine, PM Modi)
‘Dahi Handi’ is a ritual observed during ‘Janmashtami’, wherein young boys and girls form a human pyramid and one of them climbs on top of it to break the earthen pot carrying curd, symbolising victory through unity.
The outreach programme was launched Friday in Kolhapur and it will culminate in Pune on September 8.
On Sunday, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also questioned the benefits of the demonetisation. Speaking to ANI, Tharoor had said, “After demonetisation, 99.3% of notes have returned. Then why were people made to go through so much difficulty? What was its benefit? Govt has no answers.”
As per RBI report, banks received Rs 15.31 lakh crore or 99.3 per cent of the Rs 15.41 lakh crore worth Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes that were in circulation on November 8, 2016 — the day when the note ban was announced. This means that just Rs 10,720 crore of the junked currency notes did not return to the banking system.
(With PTI inputs)