Rahul to take part in black day protest in Surat


"This is not a political thing, this is not something between the Congress and the BJP".

On the first anniversary of the demonetisation decision, both the BJP and the Congress today held nation-wide events with the ruling party celebrating it as an "anti-blackmoney day" while the opposition calling it a "black day".

Gandhi, who spent the day visiting various textile and diamond units here, said that industries in Surat have the potential to compete with those in China but the government "destroyed" them.

Rahul Gandhi, who is now in the state, will participate in a candle-light vigil in Gujarat's Surat as part of "Black Day" protest on the first anniversary of demonetisation and will also interact with the traders.

Explaining this further and linking it to the "blow" dealt by demonetisation, Mr Gandhi wrote: "For India, the real force capable of meeting the Chinese job challenge is our huge network of micro, small and medium businesses".

Misusing pictures for defaming something is not new to the Congress and this is what it has done to "defame" Gujarat.

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Nand Lal, a former Army man, had become the face of demonetisation previous year when an image showed him in tears with folded hands while he stood in a long queue to withdraw his money.

"Some fake photograph of his has been used by Rahul Gandhi to criticise (demonetisation)".

The BJP, however, attacked Gandhi saying he was spreading lies as Nand Lal supports demonetisation. "Gurugram's Nand Lal has exposed Rahul Gandhi's lies".

The timing of Rahul's participation in the protest in Gujarat is crucial as the state goes to polls next month. The party highlighted the pain of a "poor man" in a queue in Karnataka and that person turned out to be a rich Congress leader whose premises were raided by government agencies later, the minister claimed.

Hitting out at the government over the new indirect tax regime rolled out on July 1 this year, Gandhi said, "We told (Prime Minister) Narendra Modiji and (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitleyji not to implement the GST in this way".

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh's analysis of demonetisation impact also points to the benefits that China got due to the move.