The RBI Declares Withdrawal of Rs 2,000 Currency Notes, Allowing Public until September 30 for Deposits and Exchanges.
Mallikarjun Kharge Calls Ban on Rs 2,000 Notes ‘Second Demonetization’, Demands Unbiased Investigation to Uncover the Truth. (Photo: PTI)
On Saturday (May 20), Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, connecting the recent announcement by the RBI regarding the withdrawal of Rs 2,000 currency notes with the PM’s visits to Japan.
Kharge criticized the move and drew a peculiar connection, stating that whenever PM Modi travels to Japan, there seems to be a “note bandi” notification. He referred to the 2016 demonetization, where overnight the use of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations was discontinued. The opposition leaders have been voicing their criticism over the withdrawal decision by the RBI.
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging a connection between PM Modi’s Japan visit and the withdrawal of Rs 2,000 currency notes.
Referring to the 2016 demonetization, Kharge stated that PM Modi had implemented a note ban of Rs 1,000 during his previous visit to Japan and now, with his current visit, he has implemented a Rs 2,000 note ban.
PM Modi is currently attending the G7 summit in Hiroshima, marking the start of his three-nation tour. Kharge had previously labeled the move as a “second demonetization” and called for an impartial investigation to uncover the truth behind the decision.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of Siddaramaiah as Karnataka Chief Minister, the Congress chief expressed his concerns over the withdrawal of Rs 2,000 currency notes announced by the RBI.
He questioned the Prime Minister’s understanding of whether the move would benefit the country or cause harm, stating that Modi has been engaging in ‘note bandi’ (note ban) actions, which continue to trouble the people.
Referring to the newly formed Congress government in Karnataka as a “government of love,” he assured the implementation of all the promises made to the public before the elections. Siddaramaiah was sworn in as Chief Minister, accompanied by several other ministers joining the state cabinet.