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BJP to observe Nov 8 as 'Anti-Black Money Day'

26 October, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Minister Arun Jaitley

Addressing a press conference here, Jaitley also attacked the Congress over its criticism of the demonetisation drive announced on November 8 a year ago. "This is a crude joke with the people of India", Sharma said in a retort to BJP's plan to mark November 8 as anti-blackmoney day.

"Where is the issue of having this national celebration".

Addressing a press conference here, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Randeep Singh Surjewala said that "Modi-made disaster" of demonetisation followed by an "ill-conceived" Goods and Services Tax (GST) has decimated jobs and incomes in the country.

On Monday, the opposition formed a coordination committee and met for the first time in parliament.The meeting was attended by Azad, O'Brien, Yadav, Communist Party of India MP D Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Kanimozhi and Bahujan Samaj Party MP Satish Mishra.

Following projection of massive GDP growth by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took to Twitter and hinted the growth was a mockery.

Jaitley listed out steps, including constitution of an SIT, benami law and reworking of Indias double taxation avoidance agreement with some countries besides demonetisation to argue that the government has been working to curb black money.

Real GDP growth average is 7.5% in the last 3 years.

He added that the Congress had adequate opportunity while being in power, but he "can't recollect a single step that they took against black money". The Modi government had "hurt" the economy and "put it in the ICU".

Jaitley had proclaimed that India's macro-economic fundamentals are very strong and reeled out economic indicators to support government contention that GDP growth slowdown has bottomed out and economy is turning around.

He said the government had now realised the "bad condition" of the economy and has woken up to the situation by announcing a financial package.



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