Opposition parties to observe Black Day on November 8
With the major opposition parties in the country gearing up to observe November 8, the anniversary of demonetisation, as ‘Black Day’, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today said the decision taken by the Centre last year was an unwise move which has plunged the Indian economy into a deep crisis. APCC Vice President Pradyut Bordoloi said the Narendra Modi-led government betrayed the people of India by making false promises in the days following demonetisation.
“All those lies have now been exposed. The government claimed that all problems arising out of demonetisation will be over within 2-3 months and the economy will bounce back. Instead, the country is now witnessing a massive economic crisis,” he said.
Debabrata Saikia, leader of opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly said, “November 8, when Demonetisation was announced is the greatest economic blunder of the country, repercussion of which, the citizens are still facing. We will observe this day as a black day in all the Panchayats, blocks, districts, and states. Guwahati will have a public meeting in which representatives from all the wings of the party will attend.”
The congress have upped the ante opposing the incumbent BJP post demonetisation and had formed several wings of the party comprising of those who were “affected” by Demonetisation such as All India Professional Congress, All India Unorganised Workers’ Congress and the All India Fishermen Congress.
“There are grievances among the people and Congress, seated at the opposition seat should voice those. We are an old party and we have an ideology that had put the country in the path of progress for so long. We are teaming up with professionals and other section of people to bring more progressiveness in the party,” Saikia added.
Aminul Islam, general secretary of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), which has 13 seats in the assembly, too backed Congress and said, “November 8 of 2016 is indeed a black day for India. BJP might try to package it as the greatest ever reform, but it has made several thousand jobless and have prompted a downward economic growth trajectory. Our party will also have its separate curriculum to mark this day.”
Representative image of Black Day