Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of impinging upon the autonomy of institutions like the RBI, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Central Bank’s Governor was informed of his decision on demonetisation just a day before the move.
“RBI was created as an institution which would work independently free from all political pressure. However, a letter was shot off to the RBI Governor (Urjit Patel) just a day before demonetisation, saying that Modi ji had taken a decision to withdraw the 500 and 1000 rupee notes from circulation,” Rahul said at a rally here.
Charging the Prime Minister with taking his autocratic style of functioning too far, he said Modi was out to impose his face on everything.
Citing the recent Khadi and Village Industries Commission Diary controversy as an instance where Mahatma Gandhi’s face was replaced by that of Modi, he said if things go on like this the day was not far when Ramlilas will be staged with actors wearing Modi’s mask instead of that of Lord Ram. “If things go on like this you would find even Ramlila actors wearing the mask of Modi from next year instead of that of Lord Ram. Modi ji wants the rule of one person. He wants his voice to drown out all other voices,” Rahul said.