In a stinging attack, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of demonetisation and dared him to speak up on why he inflicted such a deep wound when pressing problems like unemployment remained.
Terming demonetisation the country's "biggest scam", Gandhi alleged that money was taken from common people and given to "crony capitalists".
"Prime Minister Modi should answer why he inflicted a deep wound like demonetisation when issues like unemployment and low GDP rate remained," Gandhi said while referring to the RBI's report on the outcome of the demonetisation exercise.
BJP was prompt to counter the grand-old party, with spokesperson Sambit Patra holding a press conference to dismiss the allegations levelled by the Congress chief.
"The people of the country have rejected not only the Congress party but also the take of Mr. Rahul Gandhi. For him, reform is akin to deform," he said.
Patra also enumerated 'A-Z' of Congress party's corruption: "Here is A-Z of Congress party's corruption- Adarsh Scam, Bofors, CWG, Devas Antrix, Employee Guarantee scheme scam, Fodder Scam, Ghaziabad Provident Fund scam, Harshad Mehta stock market scam, IPL Scam, Junior Banking Officers' Training Recruitment Scam, Ketan Parekh market scam, LIC housing scam, Madhu Koda scam, Non banking financial company scam, Oriental banking scam, Punjab State Council of Edu Research and Training scam, Quest for Gold scam, Ration scam, Satyam scam, Telecom scam, UTI scam, Volkswagen Equity scam, Westland Agusta scam. Rest we shall leave it for some other time"
Launching a scathing attack, Gandhi also alleged that demonetisation was not a mistake and was done deliberately to attack the people.
"Demonetisation was not a mistake but attack on you (the people of India). The intention was to help his 15-20 crony capitalist friends by taking money from the common man and filling their pockets," Gandhi said.
Taking a swipe at Modi, Gandhi said he rightly claims that what he achieved was not done in 70 years. Demonetisation is proof of that as it was aimed at helping only the rich, he added.
Demonetisation destroyed the economy and led to unemployment, the Congress leader said, adding that he should provide youngsters in the country with some answers.