RBI changing rules like PM Modi changes his clothes: Rahul Gandhi
The Congress vice-president took to Twitter to lash out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the AICC demanded rollback of the restriction under which an amount over Rs 50,00 in scrapped currency can be deposited only once per account till December 30.
“RBI is changing rules like the PM changes his clothes,” Gandhi tweeted, while posting an article on the RBI rules announced post demonetisation.
The attack came as the Congress leader is all set to take the battle over the issue of demonetisation to the turf of the Prime Minister with a rally at Mehsana in Gujarat on Wednesday.
At a rally in Jaunpur, Rahul had on Monday said that only one per cent people have 60 per cent of the country’s wealth and that “Modi has made fun of 99 per cent honest people through demonetisation”.
After Gujarat, Gandhi will be addressing rally at Bahraich in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on December 22 and at Almora in Uttarakhand the next day.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram also slammed the new restrictions, calling them “desperate measures of a desperate government” at a time when hoarders have “laundered their money while the poor and the middle class have been left high and dry”.
In a series of tweets, he wondered: “Old notes usable until Dec 15. Why can’t we deposit remaining notes until Dec 30 as notified?”
Chidambaram said: “RBI makes new rule on deposit, FM contradicts. Who should citizen believe? Neither has credibility.”
“Hoarders have laundered their old notes. The poor and middle class left high and dry,” he said.
“Desperate government resorting to desperate measures. Breaking Prime Minister’s promise of November 8 and Finance Minister’s assurance of November 11,” the senior Congress leader added.
Chidambaram’s sharp reaction came a day after the government tightened rules for depositing junked Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, saying individuals can deposit over Rs 5,000 in old currency bills only once until December 30 and that too after explaining why it had not been done so far.