Rahul Gandhi hits out at Modi, says 'thieves' are illegally withdrawing crores from banks

The Congress Vice President has been criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive since its announcement.

Congress President who has constantly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, lashed out at him on Tuesday saying that the society has already become cashless because of this move.

Launching a scathing attack on the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi said that the commoners are somehow managing to get Rs 2000 but the “thieves” who want to withdraw Rs 50 to Rs 100 crores are illegally taking out money out of the banks.

While addressing locals in the Dadri district if Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister is confused with the motive of this move saying that he had earlier said that the drive was undertaken to fight the black money menace but now says that he aims to have a cashless economy.

Taking a dig at PM Modi’s cashless and digital economy narrative, Gandhi said that he had indeed turned the society cashless as the poor are suffering because of no hard cash with them.

Speaking in reference to Vijay Mallya, the Congress Vice President further said that the Modi government was backing the big businessmen who had taken Rs 8 crore loan from banks and was in no mood to return.

“A few big businessmen have taken Rs 8 lakh crore loans from banks, which they are not paying back. The Prime Minister cannot get back money from them as they were the ones to market him. Following which, PM has made you stand in lines for banks to function,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Earlier in the day, Senior congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram called demonetisation drive as the biggest scam of the year and demanded that the policy of the government should be probed.