Demonetisation: Congress living in denial, says BJP

‘Why is the party opposing a bold move that has widened the tax base?’

On the second anniversary of demonetisation and in the face of a fierce attack by the opposition, the BJP on Thursday posted a list of 10 questions, accusing the Congress party of “living in denial” over “surging GDP numbers.”

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier issued a statement against the demonetisation exercise that was announced two years ago, terming it an “economic misadventure”.

‘Anti-development’

Posting 10 questions on Twitter after Dr. Singh’s statement, the BJP asked: “Why does the Congress find merit in protesting against every anti-corruption measure of the Government of India? What do they fear? Why is it that wherever black money is there, the Congress is not far behind? What sort of politics and ‘anti-development mindset’ the Congress has that opposes a bold move that has widened the tax base?”

It further asked whether the Congress could name even one stringent measure aimed at eliminating corruption and black money it took during the UPA government.

“Is the Congress living in a state of denial that it cannot see the surge in GDP numbers, the ‘Ease of Doing Business Rankings’ and Global Competitiveness Index? Why are they unhappy that India’s economic prowess is being recognised world over?” the BJP asked.

Taking a dig at former Fnance Minister P. Chidambaram for his criticism of the government’s economic policy, the BJP said he was himself under the scanner of investigating agencies for “massive corruption” involving land, cash and foreign bank accounts.

Countering the Congress’ charge that demonetisation had harmed the informal economy, the BJP said the move in fact led to formalisation of the economy, which had empowered the poor and marginalised, who were mostly involved in the informal economy.

“The Congress now remembers small business but did the UPA think of this sector even once? Except tax terror, raid raj and arbitrary policies, what did Congress do for small businesses?" the BJP asked.

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