New Delhi, Nov 8: Prime Opposition to the ruling government, Congress has raised serious apprehensions over the ban imposed by Narendra Modi government over the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes from today midnight. Although it has welcomed the move as an instrument to fight corruption and black money, the party raised serious apprehensions over it’s fallout. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala questioned the timing of the decision taken by government, stating that it is the agrarian peak period and farmers would be left without cash in the market.Also Read - Mayawati Says 'Poll Gimmick' as Charanjit Singh Channi Takes Oath as Punjab's First Dalit Sikh CM
“Congress has always supported any step against black money, and will continue to do so. The paddy crop has already been cut, it’s in the market. And wheat crop and rabi crop currently being sown. Farmer is buying fertiliser, seeds and going to market today and needs lot of money for the inputs he has to get. What happens to those who are going to buy necessary articles for marriages including jewellery, clothes etc?” Surjewala said. “Are you not putting cumbersome burden on them by putting a limit on how much money can be withdrawn?” he further added. Also Read - After Punjab, All Eyes on Rajasthan And Chhattigarh Leadership
“While Modi ji withdraws Rs 1000 note on one side, he introduces Rs 2000 note on the other side? Does it not defeat his own argument? Is the banking system in our country ready to tackle such situation, Government has to answer many questions,” Surjewala added. Also Read - Ahead of Uttarakhand Polls, Arvind Kejriwal Promises Job Quota, Unemployment Allowance | Deets Inside
The demand to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes was earlier raised by yoga guru-cum-political activist Baba Ramdev. He had launched an agitation at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi in 2012, when he demanded the then government led by Manmohan Singh to ban the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, as a move to fight corruption. However, the then government did not pay heed. Ramdev was forced to end his protest in an infamous manner.; Delhi Police launched a crackdown, which compelled him to leave the spot in white kurta-payjama.