Apologise for demonetisation ‘blunder’ in New Year eve address, Kejriwal tells PM Modi

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the former should apologise to the countrymen during his New Year eve address for demonetisation ‘blunder’.
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India TV Politics Desk New Delhi December 30, 2016 17:26 IST

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the former should apologise to the countrymen during his New Year eve address for demonetisation ‘blunder’.

"The Prime Minister has committed a blunder by imposing demonetisation and pushed the country into a deep economic crisis. Modi had sought 50 days to implement demonetisation but there is no sign of people recovering from its aftershocks," Kejriwal said while speaking at a gathering of party supporters here.

The Prime Minister is likely to address the nation tomorrow during which he is expected to spell out the roadmap ahead after the expiry of the 50-day period for depositing of demonetised notes today. This will be his second address to the nation since his announcement to scrap 1000 and 500 rupees notes on November 8.

Demanding a rollback of the November 8 demonetisation, wherein old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes were scrapped, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener said the Prime Minister should announce this in his address, scheduled for December 31 evening, to save the country and its economy.

"There is no other solution other than to roll back the demonetisation," he said.

The AAP leader said the Reserve Bank of India was tight-lipped on the quantum of demonetised money, the black money seized after demonetisation and printing of the new currency.

"As per the initial estimates of the RBI, a total of 14 lakh crore rupees was in circulation, which has returned to the RBI whereas only 4 lakh crore rupees in new currency of Rs 2,000 notes has been made available for circulation. The Prime Minister should explain how much time the RBI will take to replace the demonetised currency of Rs 14 lakh crore," he said.

Accusing Modi of accepting bribes from big corporates like the Sahara and Birla groups, Kejriwal said Modi should face a probe on the issue.

The Delhi Chief Minister has been attacking the central government ever since the demonetisation drive was launched. He had even address a mega rally in the capital with his West Bengal counterpart.

 

 
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