Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot run away from his accountability on ‘demonetisation’ and asserted that the Congress would "extract an answer" from him.
"Modiji, you can't run away from accountability (on demonetisation), you will have to answer some day. The Congress party would make you answer," Gandhi said while addressing a gathering at Belagavi in Karnataka.
Rahul Gandhi further alleged that the real intention of the Prime Minister behind “demonetisation” was "to park the poor people's money in bank coffers" for months.
"Inki mansha hai gareeb se kheencho, ameer ko seencho (His intention is to extort money from the poor to give it to the rich)," the Gandhi scion said.
He said that the Prime Minister's claim that things would improve after 50 days is a hoax.
"I am telling you, nothing would improve in 50 days. I can give it to you in writing. You money would be locked in the bank coffers for 4-5 months. The economy would be destroyed," he said.
He said that the government deliberately did not print sufficient currency lest people should withdraw their money.
"If the common people had withdrawn their money, it would have defeated his real intentions and purpose," Gandhi said.
The Congress Vice President said that Modi was constantly shifting the goalposts over demonetisation's real objective.
"First he said it would fight black money, but almost all the money has returned to the banks. Then he said it would curb terrorism, but new Rs 2,000 notes were found on a dead terrorist.
"The objective of curbing fake currency is also hollow as there is just two per cent fake currency," Gandhi said.
The Congress has accused Prime Minister Modi of running away from Parliament throughout the Winter Session where the Opposition demanded his presence during the discussion over scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes with effect from November 9.
(With PTI inputs)