Published On : Thu, Dec 8th, 2016

Paytm means ‘Pay to Modi’ says Rahul Gandhi on the one month anniversary of demonetization

Rahul Gandhi

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New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today compared Narendra Modi to Roman emperor Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned, and also accused him of banning Rs.1000 and Rs.500 notes to benefit a few people like e-wallet company Paytm.

E-wallet companies, especially Paytm, have a seen a giant boost in their users since demonetization was announced by the PM on November 8.

“If they let me speak in the Lok Sabha I will expose this nexus. How PayTM is actually ‘Pay to Modi’ “, Rahul said hinting that the PM may have a nexus with some Corporates.

Rahul said the PM is oblivious to the “suffering” people are facing due to the shortage of cash after high value notes were scrapped. “He is laughing, having a nice time while the people of the country are suffering.”

“The idea behind a cashless economy is that a few people must get maximum benefits from these (cashless) transactions, this has damaged the nation,” said the Congress vice president at an opposition protest against the currency ban held at Parliament’s premises.

While the PM’s party and a section of people have hailed the high value notes’ ban as “bold”, Rahul and other opposition leaders beg to differ.

“This is not a bold decision, it is a foolish decision which has been taken without any due consideration. It has devastated the poor, farmers and daily wage workers. We want to have a discussion (in Parliament). We want a vote (in Parliament). The government doesn’t,” the Congress vice president said.

Rahul also ridiculed the PM on his supposed reasons for the ban on high denomination notes. The various reasons cited by the government for the notes-ban is to end black money , make counterfeiting difficult to cut off sources of funding to terrorists and to make India a digital country with cashless transactions.

“The PM’s narrative keeps changing. He started by saying the move is against black money, then against terrorism, then against counterfeit currency and later cashless economy,” the Congress vice president said.

Rahul Gandhi also slammed the ruling BJP for saying the Opposition is disrupting Parliament proceedings which was an accusation levelled against opposition parties by senior BJP leader Advani yesterday.

“The responsibility of running the House is with the government and the Speaker, not with the Opposition,” he said, adding that if the PM “comes to the House for debate, we won’t let him run away.”